There has been a lot of mumblings, or even grumblings, in the tech world lately that Apple is losing its edge in innovation. Along side those complaints are rumors that the iPad maker will be making an announcement within the next few months regarding watches, television sets, and developer tools for Apple TV. Today, Piper Jaffray is sticking with tradition and claiming Apple will do what they always do in the spring, which is to launch a new iPad model.
According to analyst Gene Munster of Piper Jaffary, “We believe that looking at the history of time between Apple product launch events suggests that the company will introduce something new in March or April.” He went on to note that the past two spring events have yielded new iPad models (its actually been three).
In November, Apple released the fourth-generation iPad, a huge surprise and a bit of an upset to some. The only real difference with the current model from its predecessor is that it is faster. Way faster. Munster believes Apple will launch a whole new iPad design this spring that looks more like an iPad mini. He also believes the iPad mini will get Retina display support. However, due to supply restraints, he doesn’t think the updated mini will launch until later this year.
Munster generated his predictions based on research covering several years of Apple launch events. He determined that, since June of 2009, Apple has held 11 major product-launch events with an average time between events of four months.
“The longest amount of time between events since the 3GS launch in 2009 was 216 days (about 7 months), which was the gap between the iPad 2 launch in March 2011 and the iPhone 4S launch in October 2011.”
Munster believes that Apple will also announce an update to Apple TV that will include App Store access. He predicts that the company is still planning on launching an Apple-built television set later this year and considers an Apple TV update to be a way to “prime the pump” for consumers.