iOS 5.1 Beta Hints That A New Sprint iPad 2 Is Incoming

iOS 5.1 Beta Hints That A New Sprint iPad 2 Is Incoming

Here’s a quick and awesome spot by Mark Gurman: the just-released iOS 5.1 beta makes mention of a new version of the iPad 2 internally dubbed iPad 2,4, and it seems probable that it is a model that works on Sprint’s CDMA network (and can suck thus up Sprint’s unlimited 3G data, albeit at definitively limited download speeds). Were any of you die-hard Sprint subscribers waiting for a compatible iPad 2 before taking the jump?

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  • c.t

    *thus suck

  • GregsTechBlog

    Interesting. As the next version of the iPad is normally unveiled in January, it would be hard to imagine a Sprint version of the iPad coming out around the same time as the debut of the iPad 3. 

    If this is a Sprint iPad 2, we could see the iPad 3 unveiling being pushed back a few months, possibly even as far as a summer release.

    Which, would suck, because I’ve been holding out for the release of the iPad 3, as I’m sure many others have been. Apple needs to pick a good release schedule, and stick with it. Macs in Spring, summers have iPhone/iPad, and Fall for iPods and other media related items. That way, Apple always has something in the news, and spaces everything out around the holidays. 

  • CharliK

    Your schedule is only correct if you actually believe that Apple is going to go back to June for the iPhone. It’s possible that it will stay in the fall with the iPods. Especially since the iPods really don’t have that much going for them to generate buzz. Any hype is caused by the iOS updates and by putting the iPhones in the fall with the iPods they don’t have new hardware lacking the new software. AND they give the developers all summer to update their apps after announcing at WWDC (the most appropriate time since it is a developer’s conference)

    And in light of this, moving the iPads to the end of Fiscal Q2 or the beginning of Fiscal Q3 (i.e. March/April) isn’t that shocking of a move. Spread out the sales. That said, I suspect they will actually move the iPads earlier to capture Christmas gift cards and push laptops if not all computers to May or June to launch with the back to school promo

  • GregsTechBlog

    It’s not, in fact, I thought there was a good chance that the iPad 3 would be released later. I just wish Apple would set up a dependable release schedule. I was looking forward to an iPad 3 this Spring. But, with the iPhone 4S only just getting the A5 processor, and the possibility of Sprint getting the iPad 2 in December of January, I think it’s pretty obvious that Apple will wait until later in the year than they have in the past for an iPad release. 

    I’m hoping the iPhone gets back on the summer release track, as I’m due for an update (as well as anyone else who bought the iPhone 4 when it was released), and I don’t like the fact that I’ll have to wait so long for the next iPhone. 

    I understand why they’ve pushed back everything, I’m just a bit disappointed that it’s happening now. 

  • 300AShareMakesMeSmile

    Why does Apple have to set up a “dependable” release schedule for its products?  Dependable for whom?  Do you actually believe that most consumers are just sitting around waiting for an exact date to replace their devices?  Preposterous.  I find it hard to believe that the world requires Apple to hold to fixed release dates.  For the amount of product Apple is moving based on availability of components, I honestly don’t think such a thing is practical.  I think that Apple needs to stockpile finished inventory in sufficient number to at least try to satisfy high initial demand by consumers for a somewhat orderly rollout and that could vary a month or two.  I doubt that manufacturing and assembling iPhones and iPads on a huge scale is the same as whipping out a fresh batch of donuts every morning at the corner bakery.  Whenever Apple is ready to properly release a product then that’s the time it gets released.  No point in rushing some rushed or unfinished product to consumers just to meet an expected date.

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  • CharliK

    “It’s not, in fact, I thought there was a good chance that the iPad 3 would be released later.”
    There’s still a chance. Just like there is a chance that it will come out in January like all the rumors about last year (that  used the announcement as the anniversary and not the literal launch). 

    “I just wish Apple would set up a dependable release schedule.”

    Wish all you want but it isn’t happening. Because there are more factors than Apple in play. They don’t pre announce products outside of those that will be exposed by FCC etc. They wait until they know it is ready. If some component from Samsung or whatever is delayed they know they will take the bulk of the negative PR if they promised it tomorrow and can’t deliver until next week. So they wait. 

    “I was looking forward to an iPad 3 this Spring.”

    There’s equal chance at this point that you will get it in the spring, earlier or later. 

    “and the possibility of Sprint getting the iPad 2 in December of January,”

    Possibilities are not fact. Not to mention that just because Sprint got the iPhones doesn’t equal it getting the iPad at all much less this time around.  And then there is the issue that if they are getting it, Apple will likely do so with the iPad 3 not with a special iPad 2. Just like they did with Verizon

    “I’m hoping the iPhone gets back on the summer release track, as I’m due for an update (as well as anyone else who bought the iPhone 4 when it was released),”

    But it’s okay that all the folks that bought the 3gs when it launched had to wait because it wasn’t putting you personally out. 

  • CharliK

    People are saying “dependable” when they really mean “predictable”. 

    Apple actually does  have a dependable release schedule. We can count on the fact that if they say something is coming out on X date it will come out on that date if it is hardware and within sometimes a short (say 2-3 weeks) for software and services but they try to avoid even that. 

    Compared to some companies that will repeated delay things at the last minute for months, sometimes without saying anything more than ‘later’

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