Apple iPad 2 release nears as February shipping announced

Second gen iPad to ship from February 2011

iPad 2 to ship within 100 days

The much mooted Apple iPad 2 is expected to start shipping as early as February 2011 as manufacturer Foxconn Electronics is notified there is less than 100 days until the first units need to be ready.

Sources from Taiwanese component makers are reported to have claimed the iPad 2 will ship between 400,000 and 600,000 units by the end of February ahead of what is now expected to be an April launch of the mark II tablet device. Foxconn and Apple, however, have both remained tight-lipped on the rumoured device.

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With the current first generation iPad expected to be the hottest
gadget around this festive period, Foxconn is believed to be providing in excess of seven million units for the final quarter of the year. Production of the original iPad will them be ramped down as the Chinese manufacturer focuses its efforts on the tablet sequel.

The highly anticipated iPad 2 has been tagged with adding a number of new features in the coming year with dual-cameras and a USB port hotly tipped as key additions alongside Apple’s FaceTime video calling service and a lighter, more Wi-Fi friendly carbon fibre body.

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