According to reports from Digitimes, Apple and it’s Chinese manufacturer Foxconn out of Shenzhen will begin shipping out the iPad 2 by the end of February 2011 with initial shipments of up to 600,000 units.
Here are some speculations about the feature improvements on the new iPad 2.
1. Will work on both GSM and CDMA networks. The current iPad only works with GSM, but since users will be able to use the iPad on the Verizon network, and they only use CDMA, this dual band support makes sense.
2. A dual camera similar to the iPhone 4G. This will allow Apple’s FaceTime video chatting capability onto the iPad.
Although the release of a new iPad was inevitable, the timing of this news is not in Apple’s best interest as it may hurt the holiday sales. Instead of buyers going out to purchase the current iPad, many shoppers may opt to wait for the better version if it is only a couple of months away.
At this time, neither Foxconn nor Apple have confirmed the shipping dates for the latest iPad.
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