Next-gen iPad prepped for April launch

Apple’s second generation iPad looks likely to roll off production lines at the end of February, with end-users getting their hands on devices in April.

Next-gen iPad prepped for April launch

According to a report in Digitimes, the site has been told by component manufacturers in Taiwan that the Foxconn factories manufacturing the next Apple tablets will start to ship devices within 100 days.

The factory will initially produce around 500,000 of the devices, the sources said, although the shipping date is a month later than Apple originally hoped because of problems with the firmware for the device.

Component manufacturers expect demand for original iPad components to remain strong in the short term, but the insiders said orders would drop significantly ahead of a proposed iPad 2 launch in April.

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