This might just be the worst time to buy a new iPad

“Apple is reportedly gearing up to launch a new iPad within the next few weeks,” Michael Moore reports for The Express.

“That’s according to a new report from Apple World, which noted an interesting development in the online ordering page for the iPad,” Moore reports. “Clicking on the ‘Check Availability’ option for the upcoming 12.9-inch iPad Pro 2 on Apple’s website apparently now shows the date of April 4th, suggesting this is when it will land.”

“No less than three iPad devices are expected to be unveiled as Apple looks to relaunch into the tablet marketNo less than three iPad devices are expected to be unveiled as Apple looks to relaunch into the tablet market.

This includes an entirely new edition of the iPad featuring a 10-10.5in screen that stretches almost to the edge of the front panel. This includes an entirely new edition of the iPad featuring a 10-10.5in screen that stretches almost to the edge of the front panel.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Yes, unless you absolutely need an iPad right now, hold off a bit to see what, if anything, Apple has up their sleeve in April. If nothing, the next plausible opportunity for new iPads would be June.

SEE ALSO:
Apple’s 2017 iPad event to be held on April 4th at Apple Park’s Steve Jobs Theater? – March 7, 2017
Apple’s all-new 10.5-inch iPad Pro to feature 2,024-by-1,668 display; same physical size as current 9.7 inch iPad Pro – February 27, 2017
Apple’s next-gen 10.5- and 12.9-inch iPad Pro lineup not coming until May-June – February 24, 2017

16 Comments

  1. … as opposed to fresh products like:

    iPod Touch
    iPod Nano
    iPod Shuffle
    Apple TV
    Airport Extreme
    Airport Express
    Time Capsule
    Mac Mini
    iMac
    Mac Pro
    MacBook Air
    Apple Cinema Display

    Compared to the dusty old hardware on this list, those iPads in stock now are positively new.

      1. On the contrary: when you’re CLEARING $3B in profits every week of the year … you most certainly can do better. Much better.

        Particularly when the definition of “rush” is to have Macs get refreshed before they’re later than historical lifecycle average; case in point:

        MacBook Pro … 4 months (41% of historical lifecycle; ok)

        MacBook … 11 months (86% – marginal)

        iMac … 17 months (162% – definitely late!)

        MacBook Air … 24 months (209% – definitely late!)

        Mac Mini … 29 months (200% – definitely late!)

        Mac Pro … 39 months (262% – definitely late!)

        In contrast, all of the iPads are still under their historical lifecycle refresh trends:

        9.7″ … day 182 of historical 335 = 54%

        Mini … day 182 of historical 354 = 51%

        12.9″ … day 182 of historical 301 = 60%

        -hh

  2. One idea to prevent loss of iPad sales due to a new one soon arriving might be to offer a price match refund to whatever those models will be priced at when the new ones arrive. Give it a validity window, say 3-4 months?

      1. That’s good but I think something like that may be more effective soon after announcing a set date if the date is still a few months away to avoid a large dip in sales. If the date announcement is 4-5 weeks ahead of release, the current policy should be effective.

  3. Important to refresh these right away since it is 182 days since their last update. Horrifying delay, horrid! Inconceivable.

    After all, who cares about iMacs (512 days) or Minis (874 days) or Mac Pros (1,175 days)? Fa!

    1. Careful there about stating facts on this forum. Apple apologists like Christopher will start wooing you with lovely little Minnesotan Land-O-Lakes terms of affection like Buttercup.

      Apple’s ecosystem looks like a name change from Apple to iOS-R-Us is in order.

    1. It has not gone unnoticed that the supposed supply chain genius doesn’t even try to spread out product introductions. Apple’s release schedule every year seems to be a mad scramble to have new inventory in stores before xmas. Half the time they fail at that too.

    1. The recent iPad Pro ads are seeming to be more like the adage “If you have a hammer, everything looks like a nail”. Replace a scanner? Have MS Word? Really?

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