A Digitimes report today indicates that the touch panel and glass suppliers that provide parts for the iPad are completing validation for the next generation iPad.
Apple is expected to launch the second-generation iPad in the first-quarter of 2011, the suppliers noted.
Component suppliers are reportedly on-track to begin shipping in the beginning of 2011 with the second generation iPad product launch estimated sometime during the first quarter of 2011.
Apple typically follows a 12-month release cycle for their iDevices such as iPhones in June or July and iPods in September.
A second generation iPad, noting that the first iPad launched in Canada in May 2010, would be expected around the same time frame for 2011.
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