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Are you expecting big changes with the next generation iPad? Well, you might be disappointed to know that there might not be that many changes on the successor to the iPad 2. According to analysts, the next generation iPad will be called the iPad 2 Plus and it will come with a retina display. Everything else will be the same.
Rumor has it that Apple plans to launch both the iPhone 5 and the iPad 3 in September. Another rumor states that Apple is planning launch a new iPad and iPhone every 6 months to keep up with the ever-growing number of new Android tablets and smartphones surging into the market.
This may be disappointing news for you, but it only means that we will gradually see Apple technology develop over the course of six months in a year as opposed to a yearly refresh. This also means that Apple will be forced to go along with Android devices constantly pushing the envelope in mobile technology, which is good for us since we will get a wider range of choices.
Going back to the iPad 2 Plus, it may not come with the expected more powerful hardware, but we will finally get to see a retina display on the iPad. This is something many Apple iPad enthusiasts have been waiting for.
Tablet makers must reorganize prices if ever they plan on bringing down the iPad 2 and future version. This is according to a recent survey by YouGov.
There are tablets that have matched the iPad in price. Some tablets are much more expensive than the cheapest version of the iOS tablet, the 16 GB Wi-Fi-only iPad 2. These are the HTC Flyer and the LG Optimus Pad.
According to YouGov, competitors must do more than just match prices and beef up specs. It believes that setting the price at £250.00, which is lower than top of the line smartphones, will do the trick.
YouGov’s Associate Director for Technology and Telecoms, Russell Feldman, said, “Apple’s iPad leads the way in the tablet market and not just in terms of sales success but also in consumer expectation, awareness and consideration levels.”
“So in order to successfully compete, brands need to seriously re-think price. Retailers also need to convince these manufacturers that outpricing the brand leader will not help their cause.”
In YouGov’s poll, 77% of consumers planning on getting a tablet wanted the iPad 2. Only a small percentage of the pie wanted an Android tablet.
Obviously, the best performing tablet when it comes to sales is the iPad 2. Second place belongs to the first generation iPad, and third place goes to the first generation Galaxy Tab. Only 3% wanted the HTC Flyer and only 2% wanted the Blackberry Playbook.
Feldman says, “Google (Android) also need to change their strategy in the tablet market. Google’s success in the smartphone market is in part due to the OS being available to both low and high end manufacturers meaning it is accessible to all.”
One thing we’re interested in is the suggested price drop to £250.00. If the price drops this low, consumers are sure to flock over to Android. What can we say, we’re cheap.
The Taiwan-based HTC is planning something big that will take place here in London on the 27th of June, 2011. It has been sending out invitations to an event, which will be taking place in London. It is expected that HTC will be unveiling a number of new devices including the HTC Flyer’s big brother, the HTC Puccini.
It is no secret that the Taiwanese phone giant has been working on a bigger Honeycomb tablet, the Puccini. It will be powered by the Android 3.1 right out of the box, and will support 4G for US markets like customers on network operator AT&T. The difference between the Puccini and the Flyer is the stylus. The larger slate’s interface will require users to use only their fingers.
This powerhouse of a tablet is rumored to come packed with a 800 x 1280 pixel touch screen. It is also rumored to be powered a 1.5 GHz MSM8660 dual-core processor by Qualcomm. This will push the boundaries, when performance is concerned.
There is other good news about the Flyer that will be unveiled on Monday, the 27th of June. According to ITProPortal, HTC will be featuring a Flyer running on the Android OS version 3.2. The release date of this new Flyer version will also be announced on the same day at the same event.
Although we have heard rumors that this will be the day of HTC’s new powerhouse Honeycomb tablet, we have not heard of any information regarding the price. Will this be an affordable tablet available to the masses, or will this tablet by a highly expensive tablet not many can afford? We’ll just have to wait for the official announcement from HTC this coming Monday.