Ah, how we long for the days when there was just the one iPhone and the one iPad, and not all this talk of multiple versions, multiple sizes, and everything else we've heard about in the last few months.
The latest is the iPad 2 Plus, the supposed solution to how you can have an iPad 2 this year, an iPad 3 next year, and still a pretty decent update squeezed in somewhere in between.
Okay, so the idea of a halfway-house iPad upgrade touching down later this year is far from new, but the Plus part is. So far most of the rumours have spoken of an iPad 2S, or simply the early arrival of the name iPad 3.
“There are some indications from the supply chain that Apple may look to introduce an 'iPad 2 Plus' device as they put out request for quotes from various component suppliers for this marginally different device,” analyst Craig Berger of FBR Capital Markets postulates.
The idea is – and it's one we've heard several times before – is that the biggest change the iPad 2 Plus, or whatever it ends up being called, will have over the current model is an improved display (no real surprise, considering Apple barely touched it in going from iPad 1 to iPad 2).
It adds further fuel to steadily growing rumours that an iPad update is being lined up for September or October, although Apple rumours can spread so quickly and so widely that even the most baseless of rumours can start to seem like cast-iron fact before too long.
Indeed, Berger himself points out that there's still a distinctive lack of any hard facts to go on at this stage: “while we find this new commentary interesting, we await more confirming data points from other supply chain contacts before fully believing a new iPad device is coming in 2011.”
Just what we were thinking, Craig.