I could not agree more Madhatter you are spot on Apple follows a cycle of releases it is not to say they will not change but one has to look at the timing from a market point of view. Ipad 2 was on time only change is it was released to some international companies earlier than last time. We get constant rumours about when or what will be released and as madhatter said it goes round and round. I find it funny as back in the nineties one hardly heard about Apple except that they were going down and had big problems it was all about Microsoft etc in these days now one cannot read a paper or go on line without some article about Apple being published. It seems to me wanna be editors love picking of bits of news and publishing it regardless if it is correct or not....
One thing I have learnt in the almost 20 years as a Apple reseller only Apple knows the release date and they keep it so quiet not even resellers and distributers know until the last minute. This is frustrating to end users but as one saw with ipad 2 Apple refunded $100 to those whom purchased ipad 1 with in 2 weeks of release. Not many companies I know do that.
So where does this leave us given the situation with ipad 2 and knowing Apple stated this is the year of ipad2 one would assume that that is a message to the world that ipad 3 wont happen this year. My point out of this is at some point you have to hop on the train waiting around for the next train most likely cause you more stress and frustration than you really want and besides you miss out on the enjoyment of the ipad. The other factor thatI found and I think is real important is cost of ownership Most computers one purchase when you sell them after say 10 months they drop to below 60% of value and are hard to sell because technology changes every 12 weeks the ipad however holds its value for example I purchased my ipad 1 for Aus $750 and sold it 10 months later for $450 and I had 30 people bidding on it. If this had been a lap top I doubt I would have sold it for more than $300
Any way thats my 2 cents worth