In addition to the current Wi-Fi and UMTS 3G model iPads, Apple will reportedly deliver a CDMA version of the iPad 2 in 2011 as well, according to a recent report in DigiTimes.
The report notes that Apple expects to ship approximately half a million iPad 2 units to channels in January with a shipment ratio of 3:4:3 for the Wi-Fi, UMTC, and CDMA models.
The sources pointed out that about 60-65% of current iPad shipments are 3G models, indicating that consumers prefer models that are able to connect to the Internet all the time, therefore Apple is aiming to work even more closely with telecom carriers by offering more wireless solutions for iPad 2 to satisfy market demand.
Sources also tell DigiTimes that Apple has been working on improving the iPad 2’s anti-smudge and anti-reflective treatments as to better compete against the increasingly popular Amazon Kindle.
The iPad 2 is expected to launch at the end of Q1 in 2011 at the latest, with anticipated shipments in 2011 expected to reach 40 million units.