iPad 2 shipping in February for an April launch

iPad 2 shipping in February for an April launch
According to Apple's component suppliers, the completed iPad 2 will be shipped in February, 2010 for an April release. Apple's primary manufacturer, Foxconn, has been told to prepare 400,000 to 600,000 units over the next couple months.

DigiTimes says that Apple had originally planned for a January release, but firmware fixes have pushed it back. That would place the iPad 2's launch at exactly one year after the first iPad. Maybe we can count on April being the official iPad release month, as are June and July for the iPhone.

DigiTimes previously reported that the new iPad would add five exciting new features: video calling, an improved display, a USB port, a 3-axis gyroscope, and better mobility. After the inclusion of the front-facing camera on the iPhone 4, and many other brands' devices, the dual-camera design is a must.

The iPad 2 is expected to be a dual-mode device, functioning on both CDMA and GSM networks. The current model is GSM-only, and therefore requires a hotspot when connecting to CDMA networks like Verizon. A dual-mode device would not only make the iPad world-capable, but also simpler to produce and distribute.

Experts anticipate that the original iPad will cease production in January, making 1.6 million units available through March. Although their production has been outpacing their sales, Apple can safely bank on successful holiday sales.

source: DigiTimes via CNET

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