Countdown to iPad 2 begins

Macworld Australia Staff
8 December, 2010
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The iPad rumours are swirling again – thanks to a Digitimes report that Foxconn (which makes the current iPad) will be shipping the new model within 100 days. But don’t get your hopes up for a release quite that soon – the report also notes that it is expected Apple will not launch the new iPad until April.

Foxconn declined to comment on the Digitimes report, which relies on sources from Taiwan-based component manufacturers.

According to these sources, the iPad 2 will ship to Apple as early as the end of February 2011. The company had originally planned to start mass production in January, however a delay has apparently occurred as a result of prolonged firmware testing.

The original iPad was announced in January 2010, and began shipping in the US in April, so this certainly fits within Apple’s average life cycle for its products. The big question, though, is what Apple might add to the new iPad to entice everyone to line up once again for the latest and greatest? Let us know what you think (or want) in the comments below.

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