Several versions of the iPad 2 targeting different geographical markets will be available at launch, according to a report that emerged from Taiwan.
Ming Chi Kuo, a reputed Apple analyst from Concord Securities, says that Foxconn will build Wi-Fi, GSM and CDMA versions of the tablet, with the last two using Infineon (from Intel) and Qualcomm chips respectively.
He added that up to five million iPad 2 units would be available from the first quarter of 2011, which means that the iPad 2 is unlikely to go on sale in the first three months of the year.
Kuo says that production began this month, which means that Foxconn, which still has the exclusivity to manufacture the iPad, must be producing around two million iPad 2 per month.
This may pose a serious supply problem given that Apple managed to shift on average 2.5 million iPad in the last three months of 2010, without even tapping the CDMA market.
The analyst did not confirm whether the first generation iPad would still remain on sale as it is the case for the iPhone (with 3GS and 4).