Next-Generation iPad to Launch in the U.S. on April 2nd or 9th?

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MacNotes.de reports that the second-generation iPad is currently scheduled to debut in the United States on one of the first two Saturdays in April: the 2nd or the 9th. (The report's headline states the 2nd or 7th, but the lead refers to "the first or second Saturday". The headline of the original German-language version correctly refers to the 9th. )

According to the report, the second-generation iPad will follow a release pattern somewhat similar to that of the original model, coming first to the United States for as long as three months until international launches begin in July. The new iPad is also said to be planned to be available only through Apple for up to the first six months of availability, with other retailers such as Wal-Mart and Best Buy having to wait until October to begin stocking the device.
Reliable sources told us about the upcoming launch of the Apple iPad 2: the first or second Saturday in April will see the first sales of Apples new tablet. The iPad 2 will sell US-only for three months, and Apple Store-only for up to half a year. In July, more countries will follow. Walmart, Best Buy and Co. maybe have to wait until October until they are allowed to sell Apples new tablets.
While an early April U.S. launch for the next-generation iPad seems reasonable given the release schedule for the original device, such delays in international availability and restrictions on third-party vendor availability would be very surprising given Apple's efforts to expand production capacity over the past year. Even the original iPad was available through both Apple and Best Buy at launch, and it would be odd for the company to have to backtrack on its recent expansions of availability to such major retail chains as Wal-Mart and Target.

The source for today's report also indicates that the next-generation iPad will ship with a "retina" display, USB port, and two cameras. The report clarifies, however, that the "retina" display will not be of as high a pixel density as on the iPhone 4, similar to claims made by Digg founder Kevin Rose last week after observers questioned his initial report on a "retina" display in the iPad.

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levitynyc

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Makes sense. Apple wants your tax refund money.

I held off on iPad 1, but I'll be up early getting my iPad 2 on launch day.
 

talkingfuture

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Makes sense, will keep it close to the 12 month cycle like the iPhone. But I think most countries will get it a the same time to prevent sales collapsing in those countries after the new one is announced.

When they staggered the international sales last year they had no existing sales to stall while the Americans were getting it before us.
 

joehahn

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Well, even if this new release rumor is false it should be available this summer when I plan on picking one up. I'm going to pick up both OS10.7 and the iPad 2 in the same run.
 

Ubik1981

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Why should we international customers wait 3 more months for a rev2 product??? :confused:

That sounds pretty ridiculous to me
 

joehahn

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This is complete ********.

How?
First three months in the US? Not possible

Retina Display? Not possible
USB Port? Not possible
"retina" is just a fancy word that apple made up, hell they could call the iPod nano's screen a retina too if they wanted
 

callme

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Makes sense, will keep it close to the 12 month cycle like the iPhone. But I think most countries will get it a the same time to prevent sales collapsing in those countries after the new one is announced.

When they staggered the international sales last year they had no existing sales to stall while the Americans were getting it before us.
Agreed.

A release in the UK 3 months after USA would kill iPad sales in the UK for 3 months. What would be the point of that?
 

Sodner

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I don't "get" the 2 camera's option on a iPad. I see it on the front for facetime. But holding up that thing to take photographs seems silly. Reguarless I better start saving up. :)
 

Full of Win

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4Xing the pixels, e.g. iPhone 3GS --> iPhone 4, still would not make the densities seen in the iPhone 4. I bet they will quadruple the pixels, and give dev''s the option to run apps in 1024 X 768 to save battery life. Any other resolution would add too much fragmentation down the line.
 

AdeFowler

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I don't "get" the 2 camera's option on a iPad. I see it on the front for facetime. But holding up that thing to take photographs seems silly. Reguarless I better start saving up. :)
I don't think it'll have a rear facing camera… (just my opinion).
 

daneoni

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Agreed.

A release in the UK 3 months after USA would kill iPad sales in the UK for 3 months. What would be the point of that?
My guess is they still can't manufacture enough units to sustain a multi-national launch.
 

iMichaelV

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Well I think Apple's use of the word "Retina" was a marketing move, to also communicate that it is not humanly possible to discern the individual pixels at that ppi (given a certain distance from the iPhone, etc).

If the iPhone is 326 ppi, and the iPad 2 is going to be "retina" but not as much as the iPhone, does that mean that it would only be up to 26 ppi less of density?
 

dethmaShine

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Hey man....way to back up all that "not possible."
Sure.

1. Retina Display would put the cost of this thing to more than $1000. I suggest a higher resolution but not a retina display. These reports specifically say Retina Display and that's why I felt I caught the bluff.

2. USB: I know Apple loves (or loved) USB but they know that they have better solutions. USB is going to help a lot of people but I don't think Apple is one of those who put things just to satisfy the consumers. After one year (hypo.), if there are better solutions to USB, Apple would not be in a good state to axe out the port and and the architecture. I don't think Apple will do that.

3. With the iPhone in place, android in action and harmony among people :D, Apple will plan out a mass release for iPad 2. It cannot be exclusive to the US for 3 months. A couple of weeks is fine but 3 months (1/4th of a year) is a veryrisky period.
 

huskyte

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Not going to happen

Even if Apple announces the iPad2 late march they would loose all revenues internationally as noone would buy the old iPad then anymore. It never happened before with an existing product and it certainly will not happen with the iPad 2. That would kill the momentum of this device.

So, my beloved Americans, come back to reality and do simply not believe any articles which are obviously false.
 

roland.g

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I plan on selling my iPad this month or early February at the latest before an announcement and before prices drop. I can go 60 days or so without it. Then I'll pre-order the new one or what not. The biggest feature I'm looking forward to is FaceTime on the iPad, but I would like to see more RAM and hopefully a slightly longer battery life.
 

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Wonder how much the back camera will be used
 

JeremyWesley

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Makes sense. Apple wants your tax refund money.

I held off on iPad 1, but I'll be up early getting my iPad 2 on launch day.
Me Too, I refused to buy the iPad without facetime. Had the original had cameras and facetime, I would have bought it.

I'm not playing apples games of buying product every year...or when its missing obvious features.
 
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