A research note published by Yuanta Securities Company yesterday suggests that Apple may delay the launch of the iPad 2 tablet until June 2011, potentially clashing with the expected release date of the iPhone 5.
Bloomberg says that the issue is due to "production bottlenecks" at Hon Hai Precision Industry Co (Foxconn Electronics) without giving more details about what these bottlenecks were.
Apparently the decision to delay the launch was made by Apple in January before the Chinese new year; Vincent Chen and Alison Chen, who co-wrote the report, state that new issues have cropped up during the production of the iPad 2 and may provide with an unexpected opportunity window for Android 3.0 tablets.
June could well be a very, very busy month for Apple if the delay is confirmed; the company is holding its Worldwide Developer Conference on the 6th of June and will almost certainly launch the iPhone 5 there as well as the iOS 5.0.
Should the iPad 2 be unveiled towards the end of June, it will be the third major Apple product unveiled in four weeks. Yuanta Securities expects Apple to sell around 30.6 million iPad 2 tablets in 2011 although the delay could slash it down to 23 million.
Samsung Electronics, HTC, Motorola, HP, Acer, Asus, Sony and Blackberry are all planning to release large format tablet devices (near 10-inch) towards the middle of the year.