Will we find an iPad 2 under the Christmas tree?

ipad1[1] AppleInsider reports that someone with knowledge of Apple’s future plans has leaked to them that a version of the iPad with a FaceTime camera is already in “advanced testing stages.” Further, AppleInsider expects that Apple will be releasing the device in time for the holiday season.

While this would represent a considerable shortening of the traditional about-12-month product cycle for Apple devices—the iPad was only released back in April—it would give Apple FaceTime capability across all its mobile product lines, giving it the head start it needs to ward off compatible tablet competitors before opening the FaceTime standard to the rest of the industry.

Devin Coldewey at TechCrunch thinks that a holiday iPad release would make sense, especially if it includes the 7” iPad that has been rumored recently. It would give the iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad line the mid-range size that it has been lacking. It’s also worth pointing out that, as far as e-book reading goes, a 7” iPad would compete directly with the similarly-sized Kindle the way that the current 10” iPad compares to the Kindle DX.

And it pretty much goes without saying that the holiday shopping season is the perfect time to introduce a shiny new tech toy. If they can have it in the stores by Black Friday, their fortune is made. (Well, actually their fortune is made already, but the synergy of newness and the holiday season will nonetheless give it a big boost.)

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3 Comments on Will we find an iPad 2 under the Christmas tree?

  1. My vote is no. It’s very late for announcement and stocking and sales – quite apart from Apple’s way of doing things. Anything for Xmas was going, imho, to be announced last week.

  2. Why would they come out with a new product when the one they offer now is selling faster than they can make them. I doubt this is credible.

  3. Hey guy’sI got a black Ipad 2 32GB that i would like to sell, it is unlocked and has Wi-Fi and 3G.I? got it at a copnmay banquet and don’t need it because i already have one. It still has 11 months left on the AppleCare warranty. $350.00 OBO, if you are interested please email Lnovack52 @ PayPal only please

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