OK, so this one might not be going out on a ledge, but Apple will be bringing iOS 6.1 to the next iPad. The operating system will likely launch later this year, and boast a host of improvements over iOS 5.1. Waiting a year for the new iPad means getting all the benefits of the new software when it’s available.
When Microsoft launches Windows 8 later this year, the company plans to show off a host of tablets running the software. Depending on how well they perform on store shelves, Apple might have no choice but to dramatically improve the iPad 4 and make it a true laptop replacement, similar to the Windows 8 slates.
One of the nicest things about waiting a year for a new iPad -- besides saving the cash, of course -- is taking advantage of all of the new applications that have launched. With each new iPad launch, new apps come out or apps are improved, taking advantage of the device’s new features. If you’re not satisfied with all the apps in the App Store right now, wait a year and see how things look when the new iPad launches.
It’s unlikely that Apple spent too much of its time thinking about the new iPad. The device comes with the same design as its predecessor, but adds a couple of components the previous device didn’t have.
Given Apple’s history and penchant for major updates, isn’t it possible that the iPad 4 might just deliver the shock value the new iPad lacks? Maybe, just maybe, the new iPad was a precursor for something bigger and grander next year.