I think it's very safe to assume that Apple will not announce or release the iPad 3 within the thirty day return window after December 25. Apple can be criticized for many things. Being stupid about making money is not one of those things.
If it were not for rumors, there would be little thrill on many forums. Samsung shows advertising for a future product that has a flexible screen that you can see through and use as a tablet. Extremely interesting, but too many questions and I doubt if it will be ready for a long time. And while I like the concept of a see-through screen, do people want their usage viewable to the world.
Do you guys really think the iPad 3 will be released in the 1st quarter of 2012? I would think Summer at the earliest!
It is my understanding that screen size needs to be scalable so all the existing apps work. If you start changing to say a 7 inch screen the whole infrastructure has to be changed. That's not going to happen. SJ said 7" is too small ... I agree personally. A lot of careful work when into chosing the 9.7 screen size. I still couldn't comfortably put a Kindle Fire in my pocket. Wouldn't want one anyway ... nor a Nook, nor any of the other brands that aren't selling well.