Why isn't iPad on the Buyer's Guide?


Hellhammer

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Should be added soon.

Why are some Apple products missing from the Buyer's Guide?

Advice in the Buyer's Guide about the timing of purchases is based on the history of intervals between previous releases or upgrades. New Apple products like the iPad do not have such a history so we cannot make purchase timing recommendations on that basis. Once products start having regular updates we can add them to the Buyer's Guide. The second generation Apple TV released in 2010 is a different type of product than the original 2007 Apple TV, so the time interval between their releases is not a suitable basis for predicting future updates.
http://guides.macrumors.com/Help:MacRumors_FAQ#Why_are_some_Apple_products_missing_from_the_Buyer.27s_Guide.3F
 

MacDawg

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From the FAQ

Why are some Apple products missing from the Buyer's Guide?
Advice in the Buyer's Guide about the timing of purchases is based on the history of intervals between previous releases or upgrades. New Apple products like the iPad do not have such a history so we cannot make purchase timing recommendations on that basis. Once products start having regular updates we can add them to the Buyer's Guide. The second generation Apple TV released in 2010 is a different type of product than the original 2007 Apple TV, so the time interval between their releases is not a suitable basis for predicting future updates.
Since the second generation just came out, it will be updated soon to reflect it
Already in the works
 

NinjaHERO

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A better question might be, how does the Buyers guide list the Ipad as out for 10 days when it was released 2 days ago?
 

WildCowboy

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You are correct. Now that the iPad is available for sale, we've updated the buyer's guide to properly reflect the update date.

We sometimes have to fudge things a bit when Apple pre-announces products in order to get the message across that new models have been announced but aren't yet available. And we hadn't updated from that transition state, but things should be good to go now.
 

wordoflife

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But the buyers guide is about when you can buy things, not when they are introduced. Some Apple products are introduced months before they come out. Doesn't make any sense.
I guess, but Apple.com wasn't really selling iPads after the announcement. So maybe that is why.

*edit* - just saw the above post
 

NinjaHERO

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You are correct. Now that the iPad is available for sale, we've updated the buyer's guide to properly reflect the update date.

We sometimes have to fudge things a bit when Apple pre-announces products in order to get the message across that new models have been announced but aren't yet available. And we hadn't updated from that transition state, but things should be good to go now.
Ah, that makes sense. Thanks. :D:D