Apple to Offer iPad 2 in Three Versions: Report
The updated iPads will support a combination of Wi-Fi, UMTS and CDMA capabilities, according to the reportApple is planning to release three different versions of its update to the popular iPad tablet, according to Taiwanese industry publication DigiTimes. The claims come on the heels of a report published earlier this week in the publication, which quoted unnamed Apple iPhone suppliers saying Apple had raised first quarter 2011 iPhone shipments. The iPads will support a combination of WiFi, UMTS and CDMA functionalities according to the report, with "mass production" beginning in January. "Apple will ship about 500,000-530,000 units to channels in January with shipment ratio of Wi-Fi, UMTS and CDMA models at 3:4:3, according to industry sources, citing upstream component makers," the report read. "The sources pointed out that about 60-65 percent of current iPad shipments are 3G models, indicating that consumers prefer models that are able to connect to the Internet all the time, therefore Apple is aiming to work even more closely with telecom carriers by offering more wireless solutions for iPad 2 to satisfy market demand."
The sources quoted in the article also said Apple is working to strengthen the antismudge capabilities and improve the anti-reflective properties of the iPad's touch screen. "Since Apple's upstream supply chain is estimated to ship about 16 million iPads in 2010, the sources expects about 2-3 million iPad units of inventory will remain in the channel rolling over into 2011," the report said. "Since Apple will gradually stop the production of iPad after January and launch iPad 2 by the end of the first quarter or the beginning of the second, the remaining iPad inventory should be able to satisfy demand during that period of time."