If rumor mill-chatter isn’t your cup of tea, you might want to move on to the next posting. There’s no doubt that the anticipation for upcoming Apple products has grown to an epically-annoying level.

However, for folks interested in Apple’s next tablet, an interesting report surfaced yesterday that might peak your interest. BGR details an article from Taiwan Economic News, which makes some intriguing claims about the future of Apple’s tablet…

Over the last few months, rumors of Apple launching a 3rd slate this Fall have really ramped up. Up to this point, most of the speculation has pointed to the iPad 3 as being a Pro model of sorts. With a sharper screen than its predecessor, the tablet was expected to be an addition to the current lineup.

However, according to this new report from BGR, that may not be the case. Their information claims that Apple is planning to launch the iPad 3 at a similar price point to previous models, and will discount the iPad 2 to clear out inventory.

The new rumor actually makes for an interesting theory. Think about it: the iPad 2 in itself is fine. Apple could make it thinner and lighter. And they could certainly do something about those cameras. But what else could be changed with current technology?

So since there’s no need for a major redesign, why would Apple have to wait another year to release a new tablet? Dropping in a new display and higher resolution cameras can’t take a full 12 months, so why wouldn’t Apple release an updated model to stay on top of the competition if they could?

Although I’m still skeptical of Apple launching another iPad this year, the idea intrigues me. It’s easy to forget that there is no rulebook to Apple’s strategies. And as hot as tablets are right now, an iPad 3 right before the holidays (along with discounted iPad 2s) may not be such a bad idea.

Thoughts?

  • We just got our shipping times down to within 24 hours. iPad 3 March of 2012.

  • kokhean

    “2011 is the year of the iPad 2”

    • Brian

      Brilliant! Good call.

  • I really hope iPad 3 doesn’t come out this year. I really wanted higher resolution but I settled for the iPad 2’s 1024×768. IPad and iPhone shouldnt release at the same time. It would make it too expensive for me considering I buy them the day they come out..

  • Ken

    I believe apple is going to upgrade ipad 2 instead of making new name ipad 3.
    Because they just upgrade macbook air without changing design on it.

  • Jon Garrett

    anybody who bought an ipad 2 is a fool., you knew it was DOA before you bought it and now less than 6 months later, its heading down the drain along with the first ipad.

    by the time the ipad 3 comes out, it too will lag behind Android tablets which will be shipping with quad core processors along with the usual expansion ports etc etc.

    ipad 3 = DOA, they should just wait til next year and do it right.

    • Mike

      What a tool you are, explain why a tablet even needs 4 processors, what possible reason would you need that much power on a tablet you douche .. I hate Android fanboys who post shit on Apple blogs, it has to be said though, Android is a consistent OS, the tablets running it are about the same size as all the shitty, plastic handsets that run it !! Ever heard of aesthetics?

      • Joey

        It obviously needs that much power because the android os is so horribly choppy that any lesser hardware would probably fail out of the box.

        and this is coming from a guy with an android phone. Android has its benefits, but they’re also one of the choppiest OS’s ever. Android fanboys can bitch about Apple’s restrictions on iOS, but at least the OS is well built and runs consistently well.

  • Jc

    Android tablets. You mean they make tablets with android on them. Not too many people know about them because they barely sell any. Article last week states apple sell more iPads in two weeks than motorola xoom will sell all year. I think it pretty evident that androids tablets are the one dead in the water. Ther has to be 30 different android models and iPad still owns 70 plus percent of tablet market. Android has a long way to go to compete in the tablet market.

  • bc

    While it doesn’t “peak” my interest, it does indeed “pique” my interest. I’m still on the fence about an iPad purchase, so I’ll be waiting to see what happens this fall.