ANALYST Brian Marshall of Gleacher has been reading Digitimes and has come to the conclusion that Apple will release an Ipad 2 in April.
Digitimes, which has a pretty hit and miss record with Apple predictions, broke a story quoting its usual "industry sources".
However Marshall seems to think it is pretty likely that Apple is working on an Ipad 2 and that will follow the release of a CDMA Iphone in March.
He told Computerworld that Apple will stick to the same annual release pattern it uses for the Iphone and Ipod and, since he thinks that Jobs' Mob will release a CDMA Iphone in March, the Ipad must follow soon after.
The rumor of a April launch date can be sourced to the Taiwanese website Digitimes. It claimed that Apple has commissioned several companies to manufacture high density interconnect boards for the Ipad 2 in early February.
Why Marshall is taking it seriously is that the date makes sense and he has noticed dramatic price cuts from certain retailers on the original Ipad.
While they could be cutting their prices to flog the Ipads before Christmas, he thinks the reason is that no one will touch them with a barge pole once the Ipad 2 is out.
The Ipad 2 will have almost every feature that people said should be on the first Ipad but which Apple refused to provide. These include the ability to run on various carriers, two cameras located on either side of the tablet and a switch from Apple's proprietary connection to mini-USB. Of course it will not have Flash so it will not be able to use half of the Internet, but Apple fanbois are used to being told what to do.
However it will mean that everyone who bought the first Ipad will have to junk it and buy a new keyboardless netbook for twice the price. But that is the price of living in Apple's walled garden. µ