iPad 3 out in March/April say part maker moles
Evidence pointing to production ramp-up?
The next iPad will be out in three to four months' time after going into production in January. Component makers are already shipping parts.
So say a variety of moles in Asia, by way of DigiTimes.
Their timeline puts the iPad 3's release in March or April 2012 - a year on from the shipment of the iPad 2, and two years on from the debut if the original iPad.
It's Apple's fondness for one-year-on updates that gives these largely unsubstantiated rumours some little credence.
But a variety of different outlets - market watchers mostly - have separately claimed that Apple is starting to scale back iPad 2 production and to have commenced work on manufacturing the iPad 3.
The new tablet's key feature is expected to be a 2048 x 1536 display, possibly from Sharp. ®
Apple kit holds its value pretty well...
... so an annual upgrade does make quite a bit of sense to many: keep the new machine for 12 months, then sell it on eBay for a pretty good sum of money (usually well over 75% of its original purchase price) and pay the relatively small difference for the new model. If you're a video editor or developer, this means you can have the fastest Apple for peanuts each year. In many ways, it's a lot like leasing.
Then again, lots of people appear to be quite willing to pay an annual subscription for sports games, so I don't understand what your problem is.
The Playbook is still current? Currently what? Badly thought out? Ugly and clunky even by the standards of Blackberry owners? A black eye on RIM's Reputation?
Just like cars, really. Your choice when you buy one - be an early adopter if you like, upgrade every year if you really want, or wait for the 3 release before you dive in at all...