We might just be a few weeks away from the unveiling of the iPad 2, and per usual, there are certainly no shortage of sources purporting to know what features Apple is planning to include on the second iteration of its exceedingly popular tablet.
In a nutshell, a quick roundup of iPad 2 rumors include the addition of a Retina Display, an SD Card slot, a slightly modified (read: thinner) form factor, rear and front facing cameras, and a mini USB port. In other words, if you thought users were clamoring to get their hands on the current iPad, you ain’t seen nothing yet. And that’s saying something. If you recall, Apple announced that it sold 1 million iPads within the first 28 days of launch. Put into context, it took 74 days for the original iPhone to cross the 1 million unit threshold.
And now comes word that Apple has added on two new touch panel suppliers for the iPad 2 in anticipation of even larger iPad demand. DigiTimes reports that Apple has tapped Chimei Innolux and Cando to join current iPad screen suppliers Wintek, Sintek Phottronics and TPK Touch Solutions. Citing an industry source, the report notes that Apple orders for the iPad 2 are expected to reach 6 million monthly units, up from a current order rate of 4 million units per month.
Meanwhile, and despite Steve Jobs’ emphatic claims to the contrary, rumors of a 7-inch iPad persist, though DigiTimes supply chain sources note that they’ve heard nothing of the sort.
Lastly, the report notes that Apple orders for the iPad 2 are expected to commence in January or February. Previously, rumors indicated that the next-gen iPad would begin shipping sometime between late February and early March.
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