Apple iPad 2 will be in short supply from launch

It hasn't even been announced yet, let alone launched, but already the rumour mill is suggesting that the Second Coming of the iPad will be in short supply.

Occasionally-accurate Taiwanese industry watchers at Digitimes are reporting that low yields on touch panels for the tablet device have forced Apple to reduce it mass production targets from 600,000 units to 400,000 units because of the manufacturing shortfall.

Industry sources have said that Apple has already reduced order levels for the original iPad in the run-up to the launch of the next generation, which could be announced any time between the next few days and as far off as June depending on whose guess you believe.

Bloomberg is suggesting that Apple will delay the launch of the iPad 2 rather than fail to meet demand with short orders, but Apple fans outside of the US will almost certainly have to wait until America has had its fill of the much-anticipated upgrade, as was the case with the original iPad.

The next generation of the pioneering proddable PC is expected to arrive sporting dual cameras, a more powerful CPU, better connectivity in the form of a Light Peak derivative, improved sound - thanks to a larger on-board speaker-, a lighter chassis, possibly constructed from a carbon-fibre composite and a thinner bezel, minus the 'home' button as our artists impression suggests.