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Foxconn said shipping next iPad in February for April launch

updated 10:00 pm EST, Mon December 6, 2010

Foxconn's next-gen iPad production due February

Foxconn is due to start shipping finished iPads in late February for a launch less than two months later, part suppliers said Monday night. The company reportedly has an initial order of 400,000 to 600,000 of Apple's tablets at its main Shenzhen factory to deliver them for a release in early April, one year after the original debut. Production would have started in January, but Apple is still said by Digitimes to be testing new firmware and to have postponed production to ensure it was ready.

The tip also has Apple now making more iPads than it's selling, but that the decision may be deliberate to help feed the transition. It might finish production of the original iPad at the end of January and then use the remaining supply to fill orders until late March, giving away the early April release. About six million iPads would have shipped in the summer and, with 4.19 million iPads sold, would have to make just one more large order of 1.6 million to 1.8 million iPads in January before slowing down and stopping production altogether.

Apple may have a blockbuster fall even with the seeming excess, as it's estimated to be shipping seven million iPads. Samsung in contrast sold one million Galaxy Tabs in two months and may ship 1.5 million by the end of 2010, or less than a quarter of Apple's sales rate.

The story corroborates earlier February production rumors and suggests that Apple now plans to make April iPad releases a regular occurrence, just as it has been releasing iPhones in June or July. Most now expect the new iPad to have dual cameras, possibly a dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 processor and more RAM.

By Electronista Staff
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  1. iphonerulez

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    If it's a fact that Apple is making more iPads

    than it is selling, that doesn't sound very good for the general tablet market at all considering there's going to be at least a half-dozen tablet vendors pumping out tablets by the truckloads. Will consumer demand be greater next year for vendors to sell all those tablets? 500,000 iPad 2.0s for release doesn't seem like an awful lot if Apple is expected to sell 2 to 3 million iPads a month to reach 30 million mark that some analysts are predicting. I sure hope for Apple's sake that this tablet craze doesn't disappear as fast as it started.

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