It doesn't appear Santa's elves (or Apple
's engineering team) will come up with an iPad 2
in time for the holidays, but according to the latest rumor mill chatter, the Cupertino outfit is planning to release its second generation tablet perhaps by the end of February in 2011.
That's according to DigiTimes, which managed to extract quite a bit of info from its sources. Apparently Foxconn's plants in China have been told they will be shipping the iPad 2 in the next 100 days, and not just a small batch, but up to 600,000 units initially.
According to DigiTimes, Apple originally wanted mass production of the iPad 2 to begin in January, but that ended up being postponed to give Apple more time to test and fine tune the device's firmware. Apple can afford to take its time here, as Foxconn reportedly shipped some six million original iPads in the third quarter of 2010, which leaves about 1.8. million units of inventory for the fourth quarter, DigiTimes says.
Apple has kept mum about the iPad 2, but most expect that it will come with a front-facing camera with support for FaceTime. Other possible additions include a USB port, microSD card slot, rear camera, and more memory. As for Flash support? Don't hold your breath.