According to DigiTimes Foxconn must ship Apple’s next generation iPad 2.0 within the next 100 days. Sources say that initial shipment will be around 400,000 – 600,000 units.However, it doesn’t mean that Apple will start sending iPad 2 to users by the end of February. The company might delay the actual release till April.
From the source:
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.
Apple tend to announce their devices annually and at around the same time each year. June is usually the iPhone update announcement, whilst September is the time when new iPod’s surface and January could become the iPad keynote month.
A separate rumor also suggests that Qualcomm will be providing the baseband chips for Apple’s upcoming iPhone 5 and iPad 2.
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