Full Size iPad is Due for a Redesign, Analyst Says

Full Size iPad is Due for a Redesign, Analyst Says

Investment research firm Piper Jaffray suspects Apple is gearing up to host a press event by the end of April, one in which in the Cupertino outfit will introduce a line of redesigned iPad tablets. Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster pointed out to clients that over the past two years, the Spring event has been all about the iPad, and since Apple just introduced the iPad mini and only made minor tweaks to the full size iPad, a major overhaul is likely.

"We believe Apple could update the full sized iPad to a body style similar to the iPad mini. Additionally, we believe that the iPad mini could get a Retina display, although that may happen later in the year given the supply constraints Apple faced on the mini in the December quarter," Munster said.

iPad Mini tablet

Munster also thinks there's a good chance Apple will update its Apple TV platform on the software side.

"We would expect to see an Apple TV update in the next six months if Apple plans to launch a television by the end of the year, which we still expect," the analyst said. "We believe the updated Apple TV software could 'prime the pump' for the ultimate television."

The TV space is heating up once again. Asus recently unveiled its Qube with Google TV, and LG is planning to roll out several televisions ranging in size from 42 inches to 60 inches with Google's TV platform baked in.
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If they give it square corners and file a design patent for that, I'm going to f r e a k o u t.

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I'd like to see AppleTV updated, brought out of the project group. I'm always happy for a spec bump in any product. A price drop and spec bump is even better! ( we just got a 128GB iPad update)

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Updates are nice but let's not confuse product range patching with updates... the 128GB option is just an addition option, mainly to make up for the fact that the iPad has no built in option to increase capacity, and not a spec bump as that would change all the models capacity offerings.

So the iPad lineup still starts with the $499 16GB model, and the 128GB just raises the max price/option to $799/$929... and it didn't cost them a extra $100 to add the extra capacity either, but that's how much extra they're charging for it!

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