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Apple's nice timing: iPad production news may freeze consumers, Android rivals

Apple has started production of the latest its latest iPad and talk of front facing cameras and a lighter design is everywhere. The timing of this news could just freeze consumers as a bevy of Android devices hit the market.

Apple has started production of its latest iPad and talk of front facing cameras and a lighter design is everywhere. The timing of this news, delivered by the Wall Street Journal, is exquisite since it could just freeze consumers as a bevy of Android devices hit the market.

The Wall Street Journal, which has been rock solid about Apple upcoming products, reports that the new iPad will be thinner and lighter, have a camera for videoconferencing with FaceTime, and be available on AT&T and Verizon. In other words, the Journal backed most of the credible rumors about the iPad.

The most notable thing about the Apple iPad 2 production news is the timing of it all. To wit:

Add it up and the Apple iPad production news is perfectly timed. Just as you're about to ponder a rival tablet, there's a great reason to hold out a few weeks-the iPad 2. Couple the prices of Android tablets, which are generally too expensive, and the potential of a better iPad on deck and I'm willing to bet more than a few consumers will hold out for Apple's latest dream device.

This is a guest post from Larry Dignan, Editor in Chief of ZDNet, TechRepublic's sister site. You can follow Larry on his ZDNet blog Between the Lines (or subscribe to the RSS feed).

3 comments
mckinnej
mckinnej

Sounds like Apple is using one of MS's favorite tactics which is to sow FUD. They hope to keep people from purchasing long enough for them to get their product to market.

Stalemate
Stalemate

"Just as youre about to ponder a rival tablet, theres a great reason to hold out a few weeks-the iPad 2. Couple the prices of Android tablets, which are generally too expensive, and the potential of a better iPad on deck and Im willing to bet more than a few consumers will hold out for Apples latest dream device." ...but there will doubtless be hordes of iPad 1 users who will jump on this new version (thereby giving the appearance of increased market share via repeat customers, again). People opt for the popular devices instead of the more versatile ones today (form over function). Personally, I see the iPad as the rival to an already existing tablet PC market, not the other way around. The pro-Apple bias in this article isn't even discreet. There was a pre-existing user base (albeit a small one) already before the iPad - one that prefers tools to work the way it wants them to, instead of having to fit an Apple-shaped mold. Will this version allow the use of memory cards? Will it have USB ports? Will the user have to keep using iTunes to get full functionality? Will Facetime be limited to use via WiFi still, or will it work over 3G / 4G? Can it, indeed, use Flash while it's still a large part of the web experience? These would be valid points to address - not yet another comparison with the competition which only sparks a war of end-user opinions and preferences.

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