Throughout November 2010, there has been a lot of chatter regarding the second-generation iPad.
First it was rumored that production of the second-generation iPad was in full swing for February 2011. This report further identified the possible component suppliers for the next iPad. This was followed by a report detailing some of the new possible features for the next iPad and lastly, another report rumored that the camera lens supplier for the next iPad was chosen.
Now, a new report from DigiTimes indicates that Foxconn will be shipping approximately 400,000 to 600,000 next-generation iPad units in February 2011. The general expectation is that a more concrete announcement will be made in January 2011, as the actual availability date of the device is subject to various factors such as firmware, quality assurance, and other factors.
The sources pointed out that the iPad 2 will ship as soon as the end of February in 2011. Apple originally planned to start mass production in January, but because the device’s firmware is currently still in testing, Apple has been postponing the schedule. Since Foxconn’s new plants in Chengdu are still in pilot production, iPad 2 will be mainly supplied by its Shenzhen plants, while the company’s upstream component partners have all been notified of the shipments schedule.
So it seems that many thousands of next-generation iPad devices will be available in February 2011, which could lead to an earlier 2011 release date than the original Spring release date last year.
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