Is Apple betting the farm on the new iPad (iPad3 or iPadHD or ?)?
Or is this just another "baby step along the way?" Not a great leap forward.
Will people pay for the 4G connection?
1/2 hour video per day = twice the data that a $30/month package delivers.
Currently the cheaper Wi-Fi only iPad is the biggest seller. At $499 this helps Apple only marginally compared to its usual profits. Their phone has been the money maker. Mainly the $499 product has kept the other manufacturers more expensive tablets at bay. (Granted -masterful marketing by Jobs, but he is gone.)
Here is what one "Predictor" says:
What Apple's iPad 3 Will Look Like
Published March 06, 2012, Reuters
"Apple Inc is betting a 4G-equipped iPad will tempt more U.S. consumers to pay extra to watch high-quality video on the go, and in turn, give Verizon Wireless and AT&T Inc a revenue boost.
Until now, Apple's fan legion has been reluctant to shell out extra money even for iPads with 3G connections. The cheaper Wi-Fi-only model -- with more limited Web access -- is by far the top-selling one today.
The newest iPad will be capable of operating on a high-speed 4G "LTE," or Long-Term Evolution network, according to a source familiar with the product. At speeds roughly 10 times faster than current 3G technology, that may go a long way toward banishing the sometimes shaky video quality of older devices.
Such a juiced-up device would help boost the telecoms market if consumers catch on and can be enticed to pay more, some analysts said. The global tablet user base already reached 67 million in 2011, according to researcher Strategy Analytics.
"It's going to dramatically improve video consumption," said UBS analyst John Hodulik. "This is the device people want. They want the fastest speed. They want high resolution."
Apple, AT&T and Verizon declined to comment..."
We know the "real" Apple lovers will gather in hordes under the tree, waiting for this new delicacy to drop into their lives. They always do even for just a change of color.
Or will they?