When will we get new iPods? September. How about the iPhone 5? Sometime in late June or early July. Apple shipped the first iPad at the beginning of April (they promised late March). That said, when do you think they’ll ship the next-generation, thinner, faster, camera-equipped model with integrated espresso machine (I just made that last bit up)?
Taiwan-based component makers — always a leaky lot — have told DigiTimes that Foxconn plans to begin shipping the iPad 2 at the end of February of next year for an early April launch. This time frame is said to represent a delay from the original January 2011 production ramp with the hold up being attributed to Apple’s inability to deliver final firmware.
Initial shipments will be in the 400,000 to 600,000 unit range, which might be enough to meet first weekend demand.
Lastly, DigiTimes’ sources project that Apple will ship about 7-million iPads this quarter. Interestingly, it’s said that 1.8-million units from the third-quarter production are (or were) available to help meet demand.
Of course, when trying to parse news out of the Taiwanese rumor mill, take it all with a generous portion of salt…
What’s your take?