iPad 2 Rumored to Ship in February
You may want to wait a few months before buying an iPad. A report surfaced this week that indicated Chinese manufacturer Foxconn is planning to ship the iPad 2 within the next 100 days. Speculation has already begun throughout the blogosphere about the new gadget.
Keep in mind that Apple has not made any kind of formal announcement. I can't imagine that the folks at Apple are too happy about the news. Anyone with a bit of common sense will likely hold off on that iPad holiday purchase with the news of a new iPad on the horizon. Even with the news, I'd imagine that sales will still continue to boom for Apple and that the gizmo will wind up under millions of trees this season. Savvy shoppers may think differently.
While nobody knows for sure what enhancements will be made to the iPad 2, it isn't stopping bloggers from guessing. Most iPad blogs agree that the basic core functionality of the iPad will remain intact. If it's not broke why fix it? The general opinion seems to be that most changes will involve integrating some of the newer features of the iPhone 4 to the iPad 2. Facetime Chat would be the obvious new feature coming over from the iPhone to the tablet. Let's hope this includes a USB port!
One of the bigger rumors centers on screen size. Gigacom.com speculates that the new iPad will be offered as a 7" model. The smaller model would cut down on manufacturing costs and bring the price point down. The more economical model would greatly diminish the competition from the Amazon Kindle and Samsung Galaxy, which are both cheaper.
Other rumors range from better mobility to a sleeker and lighter device. Regardless, it should come as no surprise that Apple would speed up their normal schedule and deliver an upgraded iPad. With a lot of competition on the horizon, this will allow Apple to stay one step ahead of its competitors. By the time their competitors are catching up to the iPad 2, the iPad 3 will already be well into production.
Do what you want this holiday season, but don't be disappointed next month when the gift you have been waiting for all year will now offer a newer, upgraded, and probably cheaper model. Unfortunately that is the gamble you take when buying the new "it" gadget.