Coming quick on the heels of the 2010 holiday season, Apple may be shipping the iPad 2 as soon as the end of February 2011, according to the DigiTimes. Given the amount of time needed for Apple to digest inventory over the first quarter, however, the new tablet realistically wouldn’t launch until sometime around April.
The rumor of the iPad successor has stemmed from Taiwanese component makers, who claim that the Foxconn Electronics plants in Shenzhen will be making an initial shipment of up to 400,000 – 600,000 iPad 2 units within the next 100 days. Foxconn representatives, however, have declined to comment on the speculations.
As previously reported by the DigiTimes, iPad 2 features could include a front-facing camera with video conference call capabilities, a USB port, and an improved display using the same Retina Display technology found on the iPhone 4. Although a thinner glass panel and smaller size are also possible updates, Apple CEO Steve Jobs has shot down any rumors of a seven-inch tablet, saying, “It’s too small to hit the user experience people want.”