Notebook Sellers May Delay Tablet Launch Due To IPad 2

Posted: Mar 8 2011, 11:41am CST | by , in Rumors | Apple

Notebook Sellers May Delay Tablet Launch Due to iPad 2
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iPad 2 is breaking hearts and crushing dreams in the tablet world

I think that there were lots of people in the notebook world and tablet firms were surprised to see what Apple was working with when the iPad 2 broke cover this month. The tablet was thought to be nothing but a minor update until Steve stepped on the stage and whipped out a significantly more advanced tablet than the original iPad is. A lot of execs that were getting competing tablets ready undoubtedly had a WTF moment as suddenly their tablets that targeted the original iPad weren’t as cool as they were the day before the iPad 2 unveil.

Motorola has already stated that it was looking at its tablets and fixing things that were "inadequate" compared to the iPad 2 only to come back later and say the tablet was moving forward with no delays. Others have been forced to rethink their pricing ahead of the significantly improved iPad 2.

The launch of the iPad 2 will likely mean that it takes longer for many of the Android tablet we have been waiting for to hit the market as the position in the market is rethought by the makers. DigiTimes is citing sources in the notebook market that claim major manufacturers that were working on tablets are now thinking of postponing the tablets with the iPad 2 on the market.

If that is true it would mean that the tablets they had been working on were no match for the new tablet out of Cupertino. DigiTimes reckons the $499 entry price for the iPad 2 is leaving little room for similar machines at a higher price and postponements of tablets priced higher than the iPad 2 and having similar features will mean revamps by the maker.

The close out of the original iPad at $399 will also kills sales of many other tablets since there are few on the market at that price that can compete with the original iPad in performance and popularity. Launch delays for the tablets in the works by notebook makes are thought to be at least 1-2 months. DigiTimes reckons some of them that were in the works will simply be stillborn.

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