Report: iPad suppliers deny any delays

Responding to a prediction of iPad delays, component makers say they are on schedule to deliver parts to manufacturing.

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Denying a report of delays, iPad component suppliers say they are on schedule to deliver parts to the manufacturer.

The suppliers said that Foxconn, Apple's longtime manufacturing partner, should be able to deliver 600,000 to 700,000 iPad tablets in March, according to a DigiTimes report on Wednesday. The suppliers also predicted that 1 million iPads can be delivered in April, as production ramps up.

This is in stark contrast to a report from Peter Misek, an analyst with Canaccord Adams, earlier this week. Misek said Monday that production problems could limit the number of iPads coming to market.

Misek estimated that the number of iPads delivered to consumers could be as low as 300,000. He also speculated that the production issues could delay the launch of the device by a month.

When Misek's report surfaced, Apple told Wired that the "iPad will be available in late March."