The next version of iPad is reportedly expected to ship as soon as the end of February.
Component makers in Taiwan say Foxconn--a key maker of iPhones and iPads--has been notified that it should be ready to ship 400,000 to 600,000 units of the next version of iPad in the next 100 days, according to a DigiTimes report. Taiwan-based Foxconn reportedly declined to comment.
DigiTimes reported that Apple had originally expected to begin mass production of the unofficially dubbed iPad 2 in January, but Apple postponed that schedule because the device's firmware is still undergoing testing.
Apple representatives did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The iPad 2 has been widely expected to come out in the first quarter of 2011 and feature a front-facing camera. Some analysts also expected Qualcomm will provide chips that allow the iPad to run on both CDMA and GSM networks, a so-called "world" iPad. The current 3G version is GSM only.
As, a dual-mode iPad makes sense now that Apple offers the current iPad on both CDMA and GSM networks. While the 3G version AT&T sells has GSM chips inside, the Verizon version comes bundled with a wireless hot spot.
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