iPad 3 may hit retail this Fall

It appears that the iPad 2 rumors must have gone stale, as iPad 3 rumors have begun circling the web. The latest, and first, iPad 3 rumor is that it will land sometime this fall. This information seems very skeptical because the iPad 2 hasn't even hit retail shelves yet, it falls outside Apple's traditional business model, and it seems far too early to start speculating at this point.

But according to TechCrunch and Daring Fireball, both are citing information that relates to an iPad 3 and it will land this fall.  According to Daring Fireball;

Summer feels like a long time away. If my theory is right, they're not only going to be months behind the iPad 2, but if they slip until late summer, they might bump up against the release of the iPad 3. And not only did they announce this with a distant ship date, they did it with no word on pricing.

So if you take that information and then link it up to what TechCrunch is now reporting, you get the iPad possibly landing this fall. TechCrunch states;

We've now heard that this “fall surprise” is related to this would-be iPad 3. We don't have any more concrete information beyond that. But, as of right now, the plan is apparently to release one iteration of the iPad in the next few weeks. And then blow the doors open with another new version in the fall.

Usually if one person cites a source, it's easy to pass off, but two well respected sites are now stating that they have heard of the iPad 3 coming in the Fall. Coincidence, could they have the same source, we really don't know? It seems a bit far fetched, but, its not outside the realm of possibility. 

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thommcg said,
Releasing ipad 3 months after ipad 2 is a good way to alienate your customers

Or would be anyway. For that reason alone I don't believe it.

thommcg said,
Releasing ipad 3 months after ipad 2 is a good way to alienate your customers

Wouldn't be the first time Apple's alienated their customers however.

Actually this does seem possible, there was evidence in the latest SDK on ipad resources with double the current resolution. The sources confirmed that this is not for the ipad 2, but a later model. this could be the iPad 3 due for release this summer, or 6 months after the ipad 2 hits the street.

it could be that in a month we see a refresh of the ipad, sportign faster processor, faster graphics, front/back cameras, mini display port output along with other feature that are unknown at the moment.

Then 6 months later during the summer they might release the ipad 3 with main new big feature being the display with double the resolution! There is a high chance of doign this since ipad is selling quickly so Apple might push it even further with more recent released than every year. this will definitely keep competition far far behind!

When actually is 'fall' not everyone who uses this website is american, you know. I've not heard that word used in England, ever.

Well,
I was quite well hearing Firefox is learning from Google Chrome.
... But IT IS UNACCEPTABLE if Apple also takes this path !!

This rumor (and article) is a waste of web space. Especially with that title; making it sound so definite. And not just Neowin but those other sites too. How about you putting the "rumor" in there somewhere.

These "respectable" internet sources do the same thing. In time, they'll become less "respectable". If the news team continue doing this, Neowin's motto should be "Where unprofessional journalism really means unprofessional."

ahhell said,
Apple's ultimate goal is to have users change their pads once a month.


I hope the women you know change their pads more than once a month. Bitches be stinky.

Why is this even news? John Gruber (Daring Fireball) even specifically says

Now when I make actual guesses, some people (not unreasonably) think I'm being coy and actually releasing information that I know. Henceforth, when I say I'm guessing, I'm really guessing. That includes what I'm about to guess about the iPad hardware release schedule.

His argument has pretty sound logic to it, but a man's opinion is hardly front page news.

bdsams said,
I'm not saying it's true but two respectable sources are putting weight behind it.

Probably to generate traffic.

People on the internet have such short term memories anyway, by the time fall comes around no one will remember this.

Caleo said,

Probably to generate traffic.
Daring Fireball doesn't need to generate traffic, keeping his high reputation is much more important.

Caleo said,
How often has apple refreshed a platform more than about once a year?

probably going to just be a white ipad or something

.Neo said,
Yes, and the iPad 4 "may" hit retail March 2013. Of course, it also "may" not.

Lol... this news is totally false, Apple never release a product and then an update the same year.... this is bull****.

Unix2 said,

Lol... this news is totally false, Apple never release a product and then an update the same year.... this is bull****.

"Cheetah" March 24, 2001 > "Puma" September 25, 2001

Unix2 said,

Lol... this news is totally false, Apple never release a product and then an update the same year.... this is bull****.

Not quite true. They've had a history of updating notebooks first in Spring and then again in Fall. Check the history on iBooks, Macbooks, and Macbook Pros.

Wanderermy said,
"Cheetah" March 24, 2001 > "Puma" September 25, 2001

Yeah, but Cheetah needed an update at all cost.

So iPad 4 in March 2013 you say .Neo? My sources indicate not only that you are right, but that the iPad 5 will be released in January 2014 and that it's all going to be virtual, with funky glasses and everything. It's going to be badass I swear.

.Neo said,
Yes, and the iPad 4 "may" hit retail March 2013. Of course, it also "may" not.

Nope, Jobs hopes to release the iPancreas first.

giga said,

Not quite true. They've had a history of updating notebooks first in Spring and then again in Fall. Check the history on iBooks, Macbooks, and Macbook Pros.

Which gives some credence to this. They have to update those regularly because they have to keep up with the competition. I wouldn't be surprised if the iPad starts receiving bi-annual treatment as well, especially with all the competition it is about to face. I seriously hope they don't keep incrementing the number in the name. My guess is that the iPad 3 will probably be a minor bump-up upgrade for processor and memory but mostly the same as the iPad 2.