The first generation iPad is still very much in demand and continues to dominate tablet PC sales world wide. But that hasn’t stopped Apple from having a successor on board, refuting the oft quoted phrase of “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” News has it that the component suppliers (including those who have touch panels or reinforced glass components in their product portfolio and contribute to the current iPad) are now in the process of completing validation with Apple for the new upcoming iPad. Also, it’s not the smaller 7 and 5 inch iPads that are being talked about but a full scale 9.7 inch iPad that will replace the current iPad. Or, what seems more probable, it will sell along side the current iPad, but will cost a premium and will surely have more features than what Apple is offering right now. Maybe all those that the current gen iPad lacks.
The new iPads might be ready for a launch followed by serial production by the first quarter of 2011 itself. That will also be the time when many of the iPad competitors will already have reached market. If the next gen iPad makes it to the market during this time, then that means Apple will again be one step ahead of its competitors. There has been no serious competition to the iPad ever since it was launched until recently when Samsung introduced its Galaxy Pad tablet. However, the Galaxy Pad is in the 7 inch category and it’s still about a month left before a full scale market assault. Remember Apple too will be offering its 7 inch version of the current iPad during that time, which means the Galaxy Pad will have a two pronged attack to contend with.
Also, if the rumors about the new gen iPad proves true, it will perhaps be the first time that the Apple’s traditional one year life cycle for its products will be broken with a new device coming in while its predecessor is yet to reach six months and is still going mighty strong.