Hey early adopters, get ready to throw out that totally outdated first-gen iPad in April of next year. At least that's what one analyst contends based on Apple's business needs and rumors from Digitimes, which tracks the electronics business.
In a bit of news from the Apple rumormongering department, an analyst with Gleacher & Company is throwing his hat in the ring with a prediction that Apple's iPad 2--a completely unofficial name that's been making the news circuit the last week or so--is going to debut in April of next year.
That doesn't quite fit the reports from two months ago that Apple was looking to break its typical product launch cycles and have a new iPad device out by the holiday season--which we're pretty much in, mind you. However, it does fit the latest news from Digitimes that three suppliers have already been named for the printed circuit boards found in the to-be-uncovered iPad 2's design.
"The sources said Ibiden, Tripod and TTM have received certification from Apple, and will start shipping any-layer HDI boards for iPad 2 in small quantities in December," writes Digitimes' Jessie Shen.