Forget about the iPad 3 hitting store shelves this September; current reports of production bottlenecks at Apple’s Asian manufacturing plants could more likely push the iPad 2 toward that date.
Apple decided on design changes before the Lunar New Year, which have resulted in backups at the Hon Hai Precision Industry Company, according to analysts at Yuanta Securities Co. The analysts claim that a production lag could push the iPad 2 release to June.
Representatives for the plant and for Apple are staying mum about possible delays,
It’s not as bad as September, but it would still derail the expected April iPad release schedule and give the flood of Android tablets more time to flourish in the market.
The iPad 2 has yet to be unveiled to the public (despite rumors earlier this month), and consumers and the industry are still waiting to see the sequel to the original iPad, the device that pushed tablets into the mainstream culture in America.
Update: Reuters reports that an unnamed Apple source spoke up in the face of a 2.7 percent decline in Apple shares, saying that the report from Yuanta’s analysts was “simply not true.” TabletPCReview will continue to follow the iPad 2. Look for our coverage on any further details of a possible delay, and the timeframe for the imminent unveiling.