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Apple iPad 2 Tablet To Come In February?

Apple may launch its next iteration of the iPad as early as the end of February according to a news report published in a Taiwanese news outlet.

Digitimes (opens in new tab) writes that Foxconn, one of Apple's strategic device manufacturers, has been notified that it should be ready to ship between 400K and 600K iPad 2 tablets over the next 100 days.

As expected, Foxconn declined to comment on the rumour; Digitimes meanwhile says that Apple was expecting to start mass production of the device in January but this was postponed because of issues with the firmware.

The iPad 2 is widely expected to work both on CDMA and GSM infrastructures, something that would make it easier for Apple to roll out the tablet faster globally.

We also believe that the next iPad will come with Apple Facetime which means that a front facing and a rear camera are "de rigueur".

There should be a new tablet launched by the beginning of the year, probably during a carefully synchronised Apple event, with a full launch by April 2010.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.