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Apple To Release “iPad 2 Plus” In Late 2011?

by on July 6th, 2011

New rumours today point to the possibility of Apple releasing an “iPad 2 Plus” in late 2011.

Recent rumours point to Apple releasing the iPad 3 this fall/winter 2011, but this new rumour from FBR Capital Markets via International Business Times says that Apple is actually planning to release an evolutionary upgrade called the “iPad 2 Plus”.

Typically Apple observes a one-year release cycle for its iOS products, but with the recent change in the iPhone release cycle (more than one year), the source of this new “iPad 2 Plus” rumour says that this release cycle change may hit the iPad as well.

“There are some indications from the supply chain that Apple may look to introduce an ‘iPad 2 Plus’ device as they put out request for quotes from various component suppliers for this marginally different device,” FBR Capital Markets analyst Craig Berger wrote in a note to clients.

Apple may launch the device in late 2011, the analyst said, citing supply-chain contacts.

Again, this view of an “iPad 2 Plus” is contrary to many rumours that point to a revolutionary iPad upgrade labelled as the “iPad 3″ coming this fall/winter 2011.

But because Apple made so many improvements with the iPad 2 (dual cameras, A5 processor, thinner enclosure), this new report says the “iPad 2 Plus” will essentially be an enhanced iPad 2 instead of Apple releasing an all-new iPad 3.

While fun to read, definitely store this iPad rumour in the probably-not-happening category. What do you think?

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  • Timbgray

    It ends up mostly semantic.  However they actually “brand” the product -  I think the overwhelming liklihood is for an incremental improvement, more in the realm of 3G vs 3GS than 3 and 4.

  • http://twitter.com/traveling_mike Mike

    Steve Jobs had said that there would not be another iPad model coming out this year.

  • Anonymous

    I think Apple will want to save all their goodies for iPad 3 next year, to build anticipation. 

  • 2Networkit

    Instead of saying “this changes everything again” we should start saying “this will make you change everyhing again”.

    I’m seriously starting to get fed up of apple. First they dcline the flaws of their hardware, second they force you to buy the new products if you want to fix the flaw or experience all the bells and whistles of the os upgrades. Now 2 ipads in the same year…. C’mon do they seriously think we are that stupid?

  • 2Networkit

    Instead of saying “this changes everything again” we should start saying “this will make you change everyhing again”.

    I’m seriously starting to get fed up of apple. First they dcline the flaws of their hardware, second they force you to buy the new products if you want to fix the flaw or experience all the bells and whistles of the os upgrades. Now 2 ipads in the same year…. C’mon do they seriously think we are that stupid?