So there’s a new ipad coming out soon, http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2012/mar/07/ipad-apple, not apparently ipad3 but just ‘the new ipad’. So next year when there is the next version what do we have?, the new ‘new ipad’ and the old ‘new ipad’, it seems a bit confusing, I wonder why not just ipad3 or ipad 2S if they really had to.
Another things that strikes me about the ipad is the figures they showed at the launch about the sales. These showed that Apple shipped 15m ipads which was more than the number of HP PCs that were sold. That seems to suggest to me that Apple see the ipad as being a mass-market tablet device. But isn’t the price a bit of a barrier? At that price I can see the Apple fans buying a new version each year, but if you’ve already got an ipad or ipad2 are you really going to be buying a new one quickly? If Apple are looking at the PC market then the likely PC replacement cycle must be around 3-5 years I would have thought. Will Apple really be able to encourage people to spend the price of a decent spec-laptop every couple of years? I would wonder.