Apple to debut iPad 3 in March, 2012

Details are thin, but AllThingsD writer John Paczkowski is reporting that next iPad will be unveiled next month at a special event in San Francisco and the betting is that the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts will be the venue as it has been for previous Apple events.

The launch is expected for the first week of the month, and while no dates have been leaked for retail availability, based on Apple’s track record it’s conceivable that the first units will ship in early April.

In case you haven’t been following the non-stop trail of Apple rumours in recent weeks, check out Marc Saltzman’s post on the all of the features and specs the tech community expects to see in an iPad 3.

Will the next magical and revolutionary device from Cupertino be a must-have gadget? That will really depend on who you are.

As we’ve seen from the progression of Apple’s iPhone models, a certain leap-frog mentality accompanies each successive model. In other words, iPhone 4 owners for the most part didn’t see the iPhone 4S as necessary upgrade, but iPhone 3GS owners and those who had never bought an iPhone before were probably very enticed by the 4S’s features.

It’s very likely that Apple will continue this formula with the iPad 3 – it will have enough new features that an original iPad owner will feel the urge to trade up, but iPad 2 owners won’t feel that their tablet has just been rendered obsolete.

It’s a fine line, but one that Apple walks with unparalleled success.

[Source: AllThingsD]



  1. Phil

    If Apple brings out a killer successor to the iPad 2, I will most probably take the Apple plunge. Either way the lowering of the iPad 2 price will make it a very attractive alternative.


  2. Dave Foster

    I’m still an avid android user, but I’ve come to appreciate the simplicity/user-friendliness that apple products provide.. and the camera (in comparison to any and all droid models) is just astounding.. I;ll stick with droid for now, but at least I can appreciate a little now!


  3. Joe

    I love Apple, but I’m getting freaked out by the androids that work in their stores. Is it just me, or do the rest of you think the employees are drinking kool aid and joining the cult. Weird, and getting weird. Apple seems to be losing that edge by going to the weird side. Still love my Apple, but I just won’t drink the koolaid!


  4. Dakota

    I would love to get an iPad , but with the inability to use flash , it makes it almost useless to me . Most of my work’s online training is flash-based .