A new rumor is suggesting that Apple will release its new iPad 3 on February 24th of this year, the birthday of the company’s late co-founder, Steve Jobs.
Apparently, there’s a new rumor circulating online about the iPad 3, or the so-called 2012 Apple tablet which could feature a new design, screen and cameras. According to the mill, the iPad 3 tablet could be launched next month, February 24th to commemorate the man who inspired the gadget fans, Steve Jobs, who died on October 5th last year. February 24th, 2012 which would have been his 57th birthday.
Last month, multiple rumors surfaced online saying that Apple might release two iPad 3 models, one with a smaller 8-inch screen, and a conventional 9.7-incher but many are not convinced because Steve Jobs himself was completely against the smaller iPad idea.
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The February 24 rumor is saying that Apple’s supply partners based in Asia are now preparing the device’s parts, but it is worth noting that April is the “real” iPad month based on the release dates of the older iPads, the original iPad (2010) and the iPad 2 (2011). Hon Hai, a division of the Foxconn company, is the main manufacturer of Apple tablet computers.
Apple is still the tablet market leader, and according to multiple research firms, the Cupertino, California-based company currently maintains more than 50% of the market, while Android-based manufacturers share the remaining market share. Google is currently offering a new operating system which can support both the tablet and smartphone ecosystem, the Android 4.0, and rumors say Google is poised to release its own branded tablet later this year.
Other Android manufacturers are also expected to compete against the iPad 3 this year using the new operating system build. Samsung, which is arguably the biggest rival of Apple, is expected to introduce its own Android 4.0 tablets this quarter, and the first inventory may arrive by Q2. Samsung is the first to offer an Android 4.0 device, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus.
Speaking of rivalry, Apple’s new rival, Amazon, is also expected to introduce a new tablet computer this month according to rumors. Amazon’s Kindle Fire Android tablet is currently the second most popular tablet computer in the United States with about 19% of the market share. Customers bought the Kindle Fire mainly due to its cheaper price tag and Amazon’s more polished and vibrant ecosystem, however, the device features a heavily customized version of the Android Gingerbread.
Barnes and Noble is also getting a respectable tablet market share courtesy of the company’s Nook Tablet, the more powerful version of the company’s tablet/e-reader which also features a customized version of the Google Android operating system.
According to reports, the smaller iPad 3 rumor was based on the popularity of the Kindle Fire and the Nook Tablet, adding that the smaller Apple tablet is “far from reality” right now.
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