iPad 2 production expected to shrink, but the March 2nd announcement stands

iPad 2 production expected to shrink, but the March 2nd announcement stands
Rumors have been flying about potential delays for the next version of Apple's enormously successful iPad. There was concern that supply-chain issues would push its release back to June, but The Wall Street Journal is confident that we can still expect a formal announcement on March 2nd, and an April release.

There were concerns that the limited supply of touch-panels would delay the announcement, but Apple has LG, Samsung, and Chimei Innolux displays on hand to fill the gap. The confidence in their March 2nd announcement comes from the fact that other suppliers haven't received any notification of a delay.

Now, Apple's parts suppliers are suggesting that the iPad 2 will continue on schedule, but with a lower initial volume than anticipated. Their estimate is that rather than 400,000 to 600,000 units in the first quarter, only 300,000 to 400,000 will be produced. Maybe you should go ahead and line up at your retailer right now!

Apple may be doomed to repeat past supply shortages, as with the original iPhone and the first iPad. They have already begun phasing out production of the first iPad, so a delay on the iPad 2 could prove a disastrous advantage for Android competitors.

source: Digitimes

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8 Comments

1. ribbonsalmark

Posts: 84; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

Why? First off no price. Second if I already own an iPad why am I going to shell out another 500 bucks to buy an iPad with a few cameras. Lastly OMG only 400,000. Do you really think there will be such an outlandish demand for the new iPad if people can't trade in their old iPad for say 50 to 60percent of it original value and upgrade to an iPad 2? Having spent retail to buy a 32gig 3G with wifi Ipad I expect if Apple wants me to upgrade to iPad 2 that there will be some sort of incentive because if there isnt I dont see this item selling so hot like the original cause who has 700 to spend every year on buying a new Apple iPad?

5. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

Ever heard of selling stuff on Craigslist?

2. sean69

Posts: 2; Member since: Feb 23, 2011

I second to that, total strategy failure regarding Ipad 1st gen..

6. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

umm what are they supposed to do... tell you sorry you bought their product and give you the second one for free... its not like the first one is any worse because of the second--and ya, craigslist is perfect if you are that whiny/envious

3. Hola-Dirt unregistered

they expect the rest of the sheep to get in line and buy the new ipad. Steve & crew do not care about you anymore. They are just looking for the next herd of sheep to go buy a tweener product. I am not saying you do not enjoy the ipad, but I am saying it is a gimmick-y product even if well made.

7. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

gimmick-y how? how at all? it is a good product... why do people even dislike apple stuff... its not like apple forces it onto people. Many people make it seem like apple is shoving ipads up their a$$. Idk why people can't just leave apple alone to prosper by itself

8. deago78

Posts: 170; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

People dislike apple products because other people like apple products.

4. iwebdroidberry7

Posts: 230; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

You all are crazy. Apple is criticized because they don't put out a new iPad earlier to compete with the Xoom. And now your complaining because they are releasing the next generation and you can't get a discount for it? Do you think people can trade their iPod touches with every new iteration? Thats so dumb do you think Motorola is going to cut the price on the Xoom2 or the next Motorola tablet that will probably be released in the next 4 months rendering the current one outdated? No. Apple will never win with some idiot fanboys even if they make a iPad that can clean your house from top to bottom. The iPad2 is going to sell, just because you have buyers remorse now doesn't mean there are millions who dont. If this iPad had the two cameras, a dual core processor, and a better screen resolution, best believe ill be in line for one. And I didn't buy the first iPad either so Im not a "sheep".

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