iPad 2, iPhone 5 Production Schedule Hints at Release Dates

Production on version two of Apples iPad will being next month, according to a Chinese newspaper (translated here via Google Translate).

Commercial Times says Apple product manufacturer Foxconn will begin a small pilot” in February, which would seem to put the new device on schedule for an April release. The original iPad went on sale in April 2010, and its custom for Apple to offer annual updates of each of its signature products the iPhone, iPod, etc. Pegatron, another of Apples suppliers, will also be involved, said the article.

Speculation last fall was that the iPad 2 would have both front- and rear-facing cameras that allow you to video chat using Apples FaceTime application. It also supposedly will have a USB port and sport the Retina Display screen resolution offered in the fourth-generation iPhone.

Apples tablet could face a lot of competition in 2011, as the BlackBerry PlayBook is expected to debut around the same time as the iPad 2. The Android-based Samsung Galaxy Tab is already on the market and the Motorola Xoom was the darling of the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this month.

The Commercial Times story says work on the next generation of the iPhone will begin in May, leaving just enough time for Apple to get the device into consumers hands in June, which is when weve come to expect iPhone updates.

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