There has been tremendous speculation about when Apple will introduce its next tablet. There is official word from no less a luminary than Apple’s CEO.
During the conference call after his company’s most recent financial results were announced, CEO Tim Cook dropped a bombshell: “We will have some really great stuff in the fall and all across 2014.”
He repeated himself later in the call so there can be no mistake. He has made it clear that there will be no new versions of the iPad or iPad mini (or iPhone) before this fall — perhaps September.
New iPads in the Fall?
Cook did not promise there would be new iOS tablets at that time; all he spoke about was “great products”. Still, there is reason to believe there will be.
For the first three years the iPad was available, Apple introduced new versions roughly every twelve months. That held true through the spring of 2012. But then in the fall of last year, just six months later, the company came out with a new version, the iPad 4.
This raised many questions about whether Apple was going to start refreshing its tablet line twice a year. Cook’s comment seem to say that it hasn’t.
It’s possible the rumors that the iPad 5 and iPad mini 2 are coming soon is causing people to delay buying the current versions. And Cook’s goal is to say that these will be the best tablets Apple will offer for many months.
If so, then this isn’t a new policy, just an indication that Apple is pursing its previous one: new versions once a year.