I'm just thinking openly here, but wondered what others think. Last Christmas, 2010, there were of course a lot of iPad1's sold, yet also there was talk about some people not being happy buying one, knowing that by April/May ish there would probably be a new model. It was also said, well, many of the general public won't know there will be a new one coming 4 ish months after Christmas so that won't put them off. Now.................. Apple brought the iPad2 launch forward from what pretty much everyone was expecting to a Mid March launch. Approx 14 weeks after Christmas. So, now this time around, this coming Christmas, 2011 is there going to be a different scenario? People will be expecting a new iPad closer to Christmas this time around than they did this year, due to Apples early iPad2 launch Also the general public who many not have expected anything, and perhaps did buy an iPad1 for Christmas only to find a new model replacing it 14 weeks later will think to themselves, now we know, we're not going to be caught out again this year. Perhaps I'm wrong, but Apple bringing the iPad2 out even sooner, and the general public now knowing this, I would think will make it even trickier to justify iPad2's being bought for major Christmas gifts this time around. Unless, and I know most people don't believe it, Apple bring the iPad refresh date forward to before Christmas. Or go the other way, and push the next model to much later, past Christmas and perhaps make the current iPad have an 18 month as opposed to 11 / 12 month life. With the early iPad2 launch, I would have thought they have made buying iPad2's for Christmas an even harder decision to make, especially at people are going to be expecting an even larger major update for the next model. Thoughts?