Piper: Apple may introduce ‘something new’ in March or April

“Although a recent rumor that Apple was preparing to host a developer-related television event next month was almost instantly shot down, investment research firm Piper Jaffray says a review of years past indicates the company is still likely to host an event by the end of April, which could see the introduction of redesigned iPads,” Katie Marsal reports for AppleInsider. “‘We believe that looking at the history of time between Apple product launch events suggests that the company will introduce something new in March or April,’ analyst Gene Munster told clients on Friday. ‘Over the past two years, the Spring event has been iPad updates.'”

Marsal reports, “Munster believes the year’s first Apple event could produce a major design overall to the full-sized iPad with Retina display with characteristics akin to that of the mini. ‘We believe Apple could update the full-sized iPad to a body style similar to the iPad Mini. Additionally, we believe that the iPad Mini could get a Retina display, although that may happen later in the year given the supply constraints Apple faced on the Mini in the December quarter,’ [Munster wrote].”

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  1. Seeing that Apple didn’t make any product announcements in January or February, odds are getting greater that something may happen in March or April.

    I wonder how much anal-ysts get paid, because I can definitely do this job.

  2. Wait, wait — I want to play:

    Apple may do something in February if March and/or April are not available. Apple may wait until May, depending upon events in February, March and April.

    Hey, this is fun.

  3. There was a point around 2007 where Apple would have a media event every month. New iPods, new Macs etc. it kept Apple in the headlines and put the products front and foremost. Spreading out the product releases may have some benefit.

  4. iPads have been launched in March up till now, but the iPad mini launch late last year (with accompanying full-size iPad refresh) plus recent addition of a 128GB option tells me they might not have anything new on that front till late this year – just in time for the holidays!

  5. Spring debuts are for brand new products that need time to ramp before a Christmas rush. Fall debuts are for mature products. Why did apple rush to bring out an all new lineup in fall and introduce a new mini and reg iPad? To open space in the spring.

    Something NEW in Spring.

    1. More like pulling a turd out of his rear orifice, if you ask me. Munster makes me sick with his “predictions.” Tim Cook has recently said, “Beware of rumor-mongers bearing false witness about Apple product announcements” or something to that effect.

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