iPad 2 Release Gets Closer? : Original accessories going cheap

The upcoming iPad 2 has been the subject of a lot of news and speculation over the last few months. When the original iPad was released last year, frankly it didn’t have an awful lot of competition. This time around though it’s a different story as there is also an upcoming Samsung Galaxy Tab 2, and also the impressive Motorola Xoom and BlackBerry PlayBook tablets.

Among some of our recent posts about the iPad 2 have been various articles about rumored release dates, along with a comparison of the iPad 2 vs. the Galaxy Tab 2. We also recently told how the current iPad was on offer at the moment and this led us to wonder further if that meant the release of the iPad 2 was coming closer.

Now we are even more convinced that the iPad 2 release is maybe closer than we thought, as we hear from Jonathan S. Geller over on BGR that several sources have informed them that AT&T stores are about to start selling original iPad accessories for 50% off from tomorrow, February 13. It would be highly unusual for AT&T to be making this move unless the iPad 2 release was getting closer.

Michael Santo over on examiner.com also reports on the iPad accessory sale at AT&T and says it ties in with reports that Apple will release the iPad 2 before the end of February, although we previously thought the release was more likely to be April. We felt it was more likely that an announcement of the release may still come this month, but the actual shipping won’t begin until March or April although now we’re not so sure.

You may also be interested in our previous article about Apple CEO Steve Jobs, who although is on medical leave of absence from the company, is reported to be still very much involved in the development of the next-generation iPad and also the iPhone 5. Are you avidly awaiting the release of the iPad 2? Let’s hope the sale offers on the original iPad and accessories means that it’s very close to release now. Let us know your thoughts on this please.

  • http://www.facebook.com/MartinMTurner Martin Turner

    "When the original iPad was released last year, frankly it didn’t have an awful lot of competition."

    Let's not forget that, at the time, the tablet section of the market was dormant, and many pundits argued that there was no market for an iPad at all. The iPad 2 will be selling into an established market with a huge pool of satisfied customers, and it won't be artificially held back the way iPhone sales have been by 18 month or two year contracts.

    • debbielt

      That's a good point Martin.

  • http://www.easyishop.co.uk/section.php/618/1/ipad_2_accessories brendan

    i have seen on loads of ipad accessories going really cheap on the internet . do you know when the new one is coming out?