Nope, I didn't buy i Pad 2 when it came out. Being perfectly happy with my original i Pad, and watching my pennies,  I opted to wait fully expecting i Pad 3 in a year or so. From what I read, i Pad 3 is a "must have" and so far advanced it'll make mine look a dinosaur. Maybe I won't need to wait much longer.

But from what we’re hearing, the next iteration of the iPad — let’s call it “iPad 3″ to keep it simple — may be coming along sooner than people realize.

Earlier today, HP held a big event in San Francisco to unveil their latest products based around the webOS software that they acquired when they bought Palm last year. One of these devices is a tablet, called TouchPad. The device looks like an iPad, but it has better specs. As such, some are already wondering if it’s a possible “iPad-killer”. Of course, the main problem is that the planned availability of the TouchPad isn’t until this summer. (And worse, there’s absolutely no word on pricing.). Then Daring Fireball’s John Gruber decided to quickly weigh in.

“Summer feels like a long time away. If my theory is right, they’re not only going to be months behind the iPad 2, but if they slip until late summer, they might bump up against the release of the iPad 3. And not only did they announce this with a distant ship date, they did it with no word on pricing,” he wrote on his site.

Did you catch the key phrase there? He snuck it in the middle, but it’s definitely there: iPad 3. This immediately led to Business Insider and others to speculate that the iPad 3 could be released this fall. But others weren’t so sure that’s what Gruber meant. They thought that perhaps he was just saying that a summer release would be close to a spring 2012 release for the iPad 3, which would be consistent with Apple’s cycle thus far.

via Yes, Apple Is Lining Up For A “Surprise” This Fall. And Yes, It’s Likely An “iPad 3″.