iPad 2: More Evidence of Upcoming Release Date

Apples groundbreaking tablet computer, the iPad, has only been on the market for a few months, but already theres talk of an update.

Just last week we heard reports of an April or May release; now Taiwanese newspaper DigiTimes says April, one year after the original iPad went on sale. That would be pretty typical for Apple device updates that generally come once a year. For example, the iPhone debuted in June 07, and updates have followed in June every year, with the exception of 2008, when it was in July. iPod updates have typically come in September.

The report says Apple product manufacturer, China-based Foxconn, will start shipping the iPad 2 in Feburary. Sources are insiders at electronic-component manufacturers based in Taiwan. But while DigiTimes correctly predicted the first iPad would be available in April 2010, the newspaper has been criticized for its inaccuracy in the past. For example, the publication also predicted the original iPad would be delayed until the second half of 2010.

Apple had no comment for the story.

The iPad 2 will reportedly come with both front- and rear-facing cameras, a USB port, and will sport the Retina Display screen resolution offered in the fourth-generation iPhone.

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