NEWS ANALYSIS: Apple's iPad 3 could launch as early as March, but jumping at buying the device then might not be such a good idea. Tablet buyers will have lots of interesting alternatives to buying an iPad 3 whenever it ships.
Apple will be announcing and launching the iPad 3 at some point in the next few
. Some reports claim it could happen as early as February, while
it's more likely to happen in March or April
. Still others claim we might
not see the iPad 3 until much later in the year, due to some issues with the
device's display and a change in launch cycles at Apple headquarters.
course, Apple isn't saying what's really happening, and the company has stopped
short of even admitting that it will introduce an iPad 3 in 2012. But it's not
a stretch to say that it will, indeed, be hitting store shelves this year. It's
also not a stretch to say that for the vast majority of consumers, buying it on
launch day might not be the best idea.
there will be some Apple fans and early adopters who will disagree with that
logic, but there is quite a bit going on in the tablet market right now. What's
more, there are really innovative products that are also scheduled to ship this
year that could attract consumers.
on to find out why you shouldn't buy the iPad 3 at launch:
1. It might not be a major update
year before a new iPhone or iPad is announced, the rumor mill suggests Apple is
building in major enhancements to the new model. But in the last year or so,
that just hasn't been the case, as Apple has shown off iterative updates,
rather than revolutionary upgrades. In that case there's a good chance
the iPad 3 won't be a major update
. If it's not, would it really be best to
invest at least $500 in a new device that, if you're already an iPad owner,
might not do much more than the device you have now?
2. The iPad 2 might be available at a
is widely expected to continue to sell the iPad 2 after the iPad 3 is announced
Like the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S, the company might sell the iPad 2 at a
discount and then start the iPad 3 out at the standard $499 price tag. The iPad
3 might be a highly desirable tablet, but considering the iPad 2 is worth
buying in its own right, why not save a couple bucks and buy last year's model,
rather than this year's?
3. Wait for Android tablets
it's something Apple fans wouldn't even consider, some consumers might want to
see what kind of Android tablets are launched this year before they decide to buy
the iPad 3. Sure, many of them might not appeal to consumer desire, but there's
a chance that some just might. In fact, one of the most anticipated rumor
devices is a Google-branded tablet. Find out what that's all about before
buying the iPad 3.
4. Windows 8 is looming large
has so far been unable to capture any tablet market share. But toward the end
of this year, Microsoft plans to launch Windows 8, and slates running that
operating system will follow close on its heels. Will they be high-quality
options? Will they fall short? For now, there's no telling. But waiting to see
what those devices are like could be the best move before buying the iPad 3.