Rumored Apple iPad 2 Release Delay: 10 Possible Reasons

News Analysis: The rumored iPad 2 release delay could mean that Apple has changed its mind about a number of factors regarding its tablet plans in response to recent changes in the market. Or perhaps not.

Rumors surfaced recently suggesting that Apple has delayed its iPad 2 for a release date in June, a couple of months later than the initial April release date that many expected the company to follow.

The reason for the delay has not been nailed down in the rumor mill, but there are those who believe that the company will in fact delay the iPad 2. Other Apple watchers say that such claims are nonsense and Apple will deliver the tablet as expected in April.

Either way, there could be several reasons Apple might want to delay the tablet. They range from the possibility of the company being fearful of what the competition has to offer to simply wanting to wait for the others to tip their hand, allowing Apple to once again look like the company that really understands what customers are after.

Read on tofind out what a possible iPad 2 delay could say about Apple's tablet plans.

1. It's scared

If Apple does in fact delay the iPad 2, it could mean that the company is worried. The tablet that it was planning to release might not cut it after Apple saw competing devices. The delay gives it time to figure out how to revise the iPad 2 to compete against products like the Motorola Xoom, which seems to have quite a bit of promise. It might not sound very Apple-like, but it's possible that it could be quite fearful about delivering a device that can't compete with others.

2. It's thinking about a larger display

Part of the appeal of Apple's iPad has been its large, 9.7-inch display. It offers users the ability to be more productive while using the platform. It makes competing devices, like the Samsung Galaxy Tab and its 7-inch screen, look obsolete. But now, several products, including the Motorola Xoom, the new Samsung Galaxy Tab and the Dell Streak 10, among others, will have larger displays than the iPad. Given how important screen size has been to Apple over the past year, maybe a delay indicates that it's thinking seriously about upping the screen size to 10.1 inches (if not more).

3. It was an incremental upgrade

Apple might delay the iPad 2 if it represents an incremental upgrade over the previous version of the platform. Admittedly, the iPad is a fine product in its own right. But newer tablets are showing off features-including a better operating system in Android 3.0 "Honeycomb" and WebOS along with dual cameras-that make the iPad seem so last year. An incremental update might cause the iPad to get lost in the shuffle of more revolutionary upgrades from other companies. And Apple is not a company that likes to get lost in the shuffle.

4. The connectivity consideration

When the Motorola Xoom launches later this week, the device will come with the ability for users to connect to the Web via 3G wireless connections. However, within the next few months, the device will be upgraded, allowing users to access Verizon's 4G network, as well. TheXoom is expected to be one of many devices to support 4G this year. If Apple doesn't have a 4G option ready to go, rest assured that the company's possible delay could have something to do with that.

Don Reisinger

Don Reisinger

Don Reisinger is a longtime freelance contributor to several technology and business publications. Over his career, Don has written about everything from geek-friendly gadgetry to issues of privacy...