The Digitimes is reporting that the next generation iPad, the iPad 2, will be available early next year and quite possibly by the end of February 2011. This of course is speculation and should be taken with a pinch of salt, but perhaps there is some merit to this, based on the habits of Apple Inc.
The Cupertino company is a creature of habit that follows product life cycles very closely. The month of June is usually when we see new iPhone announcements and September is the time of the year for the new iPod models to be rolled out. It was January of last year when the announcement for the iPad was made, but the Apple tablet was only available to customers a few months down the road.
Could it be that a January 2011 keynote will confirm the iPad 2 and this will be followed by a February release date? The Digitimes believes that we will see the iPad within 100 days and the initial number of units to be created will be somewhere between 400,000 and 500,000 devices. Sources also indicate that the Foxconn plan in Shenzhen is the location where the tablets are being manufactured. When the iPad 2 does launch, it will very likely do so with a retina display and a front-facing camera so that there is support for FaceTime calls.
Undoubtedly, it will be a must have for Apple Fanboys and we’ll most likely see the long lineups as we did last year.
Via: Pocket Lint