iPad 3 Rumors: Why it is important for Apple to launch iPad 3 Next Year

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As the iPad 2 continues to be a top seller, rumors surround Apple about when they will be ready to launch the much anticipated iPad 3. Recent rumors suggest that Apple will likely release the iPad 3 in the first quarter of 2012, and the device would come with a host of upgrades that should ensure that the device continues to dominate the tablet market.
For the record, Apple hasn’t said nor confirmed when it will finally release the iPad 3. In fact, Apple hasn’t even said that it’s working on a follow-up model to the iPad 2. But as we look ahead at the many products that will be coming to store shelves in 2012, it’s clear that waiting to release the iPad 3 in the later parts of 2012 would be a huge mistake on Apple’s part. The smart move is to launch the next-generation tablet in the first quarter, as many circulating rumors have already stated it will.

Here are 10 Reasons Why The iPad 3 Must Launch Early Next Year.

1. A refreshed design is in order
When the iPad 2 released earlier this year, it came with an awfully similar design to the original iPad. Apple likely did that to keep costs down and increase margins. But with companies like Sony and Samsung innovating on tablet designs, it’s time for Apple to reassert itself as the leader in the tablet market. The sooner it does so, the better.

2. The competition is catching up
When the iPad 2 released with its’ dual-core processor, dual cameras and other important features, it was leading in power. But now, devices like the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and others have surpassed it. And with more tablets featuring quad-core processors being produced for next year, Apple better get its own high-powered option on store shelves before its current device becomes obsolete in comparison.

3. The Kindle Fire is catching on
If Apple didn’t have a single competitor to worry about, it wouldn’t need to push the iPad 3 onto store shelves. But because of the Kindle Fire’s growing popularity, it’s time Apple regained some of the lost spotlight and drive the point home to consumers and enterprise users alike that it’s still the top option in the tablet market.

4. Android is gaining some popularity
Last year, Android wasn’t a concern for Apple in the tablet market. Even earlier this year, the operating system was falling short. But over the last several months, thanks to devices like the Kindle Fire and Galaxy Tab 10.1, Android is starting to gain some ground on Apple. The iPad 3 might be able to stunt Android’s growth.

5. Prices are a major concern
Apple sells its iPad for a price range between $499 and $829, depending on the version. But with tablet prices falling and consumers responding to discounted options, Apple is in desperate need of a cheaper iPad. The company can provide that by launching the iPad 3 with current prices while selling the iPad 2 at a discounted rate. It works in the iPhone ecosystem; why wouldn’t it work with iPads?

6. Windows 8 is coming
Windows 8 is anticipated to release late next year. And when it does, several tablets running the operating system will be available. Rather than get caught up in that wave of new tablets, Apple should launch the iPad 3 in the first quarter to avoid sharing the spotlight.

7. 4G is ready
Apple’s decision to not include 4G connectivity in the iPad 2 was widely criticized by consumers and industry observers. Apple said it left 4G out because the networks aren’t ready and it would have caused too many design compromises. But 4G networks are now ready, and Apple needs to bring that technology to the tablet sooner rather than later.

8. Spending may decline early in 2012
With the economy still in trouble and consumers spending cash this holiday shopping season, Apple might have trouble selling a sizable number of products in the first quarter of 2012 without the new iPad 3 on store shelves. New iPads have a tendency to get people to spend money. Apple should remember that when first-quarter sales start to fall.

9. It establishes a six-month release schedule with the iPhone
The nice thing about releasing the iPad 3 in the first quarter is that it allows Apple release the new iPhone and the iPad 3 six months apart. Therefore, it gives consumers plenty of time to pick up both devices, and it gives the company’s investors some spikes twice during the year, rather than just once. Releasing the iPad 3 in the first quarter paves the way for the iPhone 5 to launch around September or October and, thus, maximize Apple’s chances of generating monster revenue and profit figures.

10. It’s what consumers anticipate
Apple has released an iPad at the beginning of 2010 and 2011. To not do the same next year might be a mistake. After all, consumers who are waiting for the device might grow impatient and go elsewhere. Moreover, a delay could cause some to fear there is trouble afoot with Apple’s iPad line. Doing what consumers are expecting when it comes to release dates is by no means a bad 

Article Source: http://www.ipadrumors.org


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