Apple May Release iPad 1.5 At Next Week’s Media Event; iPad 2 Later This Year?

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at next week’s event due to production problems and instead release a tweaked version of the current generation iPad.
Two reliable sources are suggesting that next week’s “iPad 2” event has some serious cliffhanger potential—as in, consumers may not see the real “iPad 2” for some time. There’s apparently some truth to the reports of production problems with the new model, and as a result, no one is really sure at this point what Apple is going to be shipping as the “iPad 2,” or when.
But last August, Apple was rumored to be working on a more modest incremental update to the iPad that was going to add a front-facing camera, with a possible release date of right before the holidays. That last part sounded crazy—impossible, really—even though it did sound like Apple was testing something that wasn’t quite an iPad 2, but was actually more like an iPad 1.5, sort of like the third-generation iPod touch. (You remember that one, right? The one where Apple pulled the rear camera at the last minute due to production problems.) If the real “iPad 2” wasn’t ready in time, Apple could just release the mildly tweaked version as a stop-gap measure.
Frankly, its a little difficult to believe given Apple ‘s track record. But if these rumors are indeed accurate then John Gruber’s guess that
will turn out to be accurate.
Based on the information provided by iLounge, Apple could potentially launch iPad 1.5 (may call it iPad 2), which is just an incremental update to the first generation iPad at next week’s media event and release the completely revamped iPad 2 (may call it iPad 3) in September.
One expects that Apple will only preview the next iPad at next week’s event, then release it widely around June. A price drop for the current model would keep sales flowing until then.
However, since Apple is holding a special event to unveil the new
, it seems unlikely that Apple will delay the release to June. But one cannot rule out the possibility of Apple releasing iPad 2 and
this year. Is Apple giving us the hint in the tag line of next week’s event
What do you think? Let us know in the comments section below.

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