There are also some that believe Apple should keep the iPad 2 after it releases the iPad 3 - but simply sell it at a much cheaper price to fend off competition from the likes of Amazon's Kindle Fire tablet, Barnes and Noble's Nook tablet and upcoming Windows 8 tablets.
It's obviously technically possible, but just because it's possible doesn't mean Apple's ready to release it yet'¦ or ever.
Still, with Windows 8 heading in precisely that direction, and with people (including myself) still wishing they could use a mouse or magic trackpad with an iPad for text editing alongside a proper desktop-class browser'¦ I can only hope it will happen.
So, with the wait for the last day of 2011 and the first day of 2012 now over, the year of the iPad 3 may well have begun, but the wait for it to launch, arrive at retail and then finally get into your hot little hands (should you choose to accept the iMission) continues for at least the next 12 weeks, and probably longer.
It's also the year to see whether Apple's competition can finally get decent tablets together that provide a genuine challenge to Apple's well-earned tablet dominance, with Apple set to have its new tablet on the market long before Google and Microsoft get their new models on store shelves.
I thought 2011 was going to deliver the golden age of smartphones and tablet computers back in 2010, but 2012's the year tablet computing will really go into overdrive, overwhelming all the massive iPad iAction since 2010.
Let's just hope that when the iPad 3 does indeed launch, there'll be a good ol' 'one more thing' as a final surprise - whether it's a video message from Steve Jobs, or a secret iPad 3 feature no-one managed to crack or guess before launch day itself.
After all, Apple does such a stellar job of giving the boys in Redmond and Mountain View something to run their photocopiers over, a 'one more thing' to keep them busier than they expected before they launch is in the best spirit of competition.
So, Apple, please bring on the iPad 3, rhymefully, asap, and the let year of the iPad 3 begin in earnest, and despite the big guns Google and Microsoft have aimed at Apple when they finally launch their new tablets later this year, the third coming of the iTablet is nigh.
It'll be the end of the iWorld as we know it, and the beginning of a third-gen iNew one, and I feel fine. Whatever your mobile computing preferences, I'm sure you will too!
In the meantime, beyond the alleged iPad 3 parts mysteriously popping up online, there's bound to be some fantastic iPad 3 pre-launch rumours to come, and whether they're end up on the money, or not, all the iPad 3 news and speculation is about to go into overdrive once again.
As I've advised before... strap yourselves in... the next few weeks will be like travelling at warp speed, with CES and Macworld to provide plenty of news on their own, although whether an iPad 3 case will appear as did an alleged iPad 2 case last year... or something more fantastic... we'll just have to wait and see!