The iPad Two rumour mill has been working overtime in the past couple of weeks, with various claims and counter claims about what’s going in the thing (assuming it’s getting released). First we heard educated guesses that we’d be getting 1080p video capabilities, with hackers digging out high-resolution icons from iOS apps, then eloquent denials that it’d be the case.
Today’s reports, however, seem as though they’re made of more solid stuff, with the Digitimes claiming that Apple has more than doubled the number of iPad 2 printed circuit board suppliers, bringing on Compeq Manufacturing, Gold Circuit Electronics, Meiko, and Nan Ya PCB to make a total of seven.
The report claims that there’s to small volumes shipped out of China in the next couple of months, with mass shipments to kick off in April, adding further weight to the commonly-held assumption Apple plan to release the iPad Two around the same time it did the original.
Wall Street analysts have also wagered that the mysterious US$3.9 billion long-term supply side investment is most likely to be ‘tens of millions of displays,’ Apple Insider also reported.
Katy Huberty from Morgan Stanley estimated the investment, revealed by acting Apple book Tim Cook in last week’s quarterly earnings announcement, could purchase 136 million iPhone displays, or approximately 60 million iPad displays, or 100 million iPhone panels, or 40 million for the iPad when combined with touch technology.