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Apple iPad 2 launch to be pushed back to June?

updated 06:05 am EST, Tue February 22, 2011

Yuanta analysts claim production delays

Apple's hotly anticipated second-generation iPad could be pushed back to June from its previously expected April launch reports Bloomberg. Yuanta Securities analysts say that "production bottlenecks" at Hon Hai Precision Industry (Foxconn) may have forced Apple to hold off its launch in order to build up enough stock. "Our checks suggest new issues are being encountered with the new production and it is taking time to resolve them," said Alison Chen, a Yuanta analyst. "As a number of Android 3.0 tablets are being launched in April and May, the delay in iPad 2 shipments may give the Android camp a brief window of opportunity."

Early reports indicated that Foxconn had started production of the iPad 2 in February, fulfilling an initial order of 400,000 to 600,000 units. Ultimately, analysts have estimated that Apple, which has already sold 15 million iPads as of February 2 this year, would ship up to 30.6 million in 2011. With the news of the production delay, and with the launch of competitors' Android tablets during the February to June window, Yuanta now forecasts that iPad shipments may drop to 23 million units as a result.

When it ships, the iPad 2 is expected to feature front and rear facing cameras, a faster processor, weigh less and possibly even incorporate a new high-speed Intel Light Peak port applefor super-fast syncing.



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  1. wrenchy

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    That makes sense.


    Apple probably does not want to compete with HP on the release of their TouchPad due April. That give Apple an opportunity to see what HP has up it's sleeve and try to up them one in June.

  1. tundaman

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    Competition?

    Based on Apple's philosophy, it's unlikely they would change their products launch schedule just to see what competition has to offer. In fact, it always has been the other way around. Most likely it's all due to production bottlenecks, since Apple would not risk to fall too short on demand and give others the opportunity to capitalize on the hype created buy iPad 2 launch to take away those who couldn't get an iPad 2 right away.

    Besides, launch iPad 2 around the same time as other slates would sure lure all the attention from competitors, due to the kind of fuzz Apple's announcements always create, which would be more in line with Apple's(Jobs) way of thinking.

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  1. chippie

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    Trouble In Paradise?

    A delay of months can only be a bad thing. Samsung and HTC move fast enough to have upgraded models for this Christmas's sales. They can nullify any upgrades apple makes to the ipad2. And is apple beginning to crumble under pressure? The upgrade cycle with tablets isn't going to fit neatly into a 12 month cycle. Pressure will likely mean mistakes( in spec's and casing materials).

  1. bonaccij

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    This is interesting

    But as I have always said, we "...never know until we know..." So, at this point all of this is nothing more than speculation. I can't see Apple going 15 months without an update for something as iconic as the iPad. I think this may be fear mongering. I would be very surprised if they didn't hit their yearly update schedule.

  1. sammaffei

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    Here's the problem

    Apple now has the iPad in many markets. You can't sell a new iPad in the US and the old one elsewhere. People will just sit and wait for the new device. So, they have to have enough supply for demand.

    I see the iPad 2 coming out in May (if the delay rumors are true). They are not going to launch that close to a new iPhone coming out in June.

  1. testudo

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    Re: Here's the problem

    Apple now has the iPad in many markets. You can't sell a new iPad in the US and the old one elsewhere. People will just sit and wait for the new device. So, they have to have enough supply for demand.

    Except they do this now with the iPhone. It usually takes a few weeks to get through to other countries.

    I see the iPad 2 coming out in May (if the delay rumors are true). They are not going to launch that close to a new iPhone coming out in June.

    And how is May not too close to June?

    And wouldn't they just delay the iPhone as well?

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