I was about to make some pithy comments about the latest rumor du jour surrounding the next generation iPad — which now apparently is a 7-inch model with a camera — and its source, the attention-crazy Rodman & Renshaw analyst Ashok Kumar — but Daring Fireball’s John Gruber beat me to it . Let’s face it, Kumar’s track record in predicting anything about Apple sucks, and that’s putting it nicely.
As just a recap of what this guy has predicted or said, and gotten wrong, in no particular order: Verizon and Apple teaming up on a tablet; Qualcomm’s chips were to power the iPad; the iPhone was a dud; ah well, I think you get the point.
The problem is, the media keeps giving this guy a platform (especially the same writers over and over again). We do our readers no service by giving these folks attention when they show no ability to speak with authority about the market. This is not to say all analysts are the same–in fact, there are several good ones out there who can be counted on to really have their finger on the pulse of the industry.
I’ve already written off several analysts for poor performance, or conflicts of interest. Gatekeeping is sometimes part of the job. There are those out there who give analysis because they know what they’re talking about, and there’s others who do it just to get their name in print.
As for the smaller iPad he speaks of, who knows of its validity. It does seem he’s only regurgitating what we already all but know–the second generation of the device will have a camera on it. As for the “iPad mini?” Plausible, but I don’t think Apple does something just because everyone else is. It’s not their style.