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Touchscreen suppliers lining up for next iPad in early 2011

updated 11:20 pm EDT, Thu September 16, 2010

Suppliers to ship for 2nd-gen iPad in early 2011

Touchscreen part suppliers were said this evening to be validating their processes for the next full-size iPad. Cando, Chimei Innolux, TPK and Wintek are all supposedly having "ultra-thin," 9.7-inch glass touch panels tested for the Apple tablet before they can enter full production. The Digitimes contacts expected the parts to ship at the very start of 2011 for a launch sometime in the early part of that same year.

The claims would partly contradict those that Apple was rushing an update for late 2010 but would be consistent with Apple's update schedule. Although it only shipped the first iPad in April, it unveiled the new model in January and may have been held up by display shortages that prevented an earlier launch. It's also now likely in a hurry to get an update out to quash the US arrival of the Galaxy Tab as well as to stifle other competitive tablets that might arrive in the next few months.

The feature set of the tablet is still unconfirmed, but at least a front camera is considered likely. It may also follow the industry and use a dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 processor as well as carry more memory. AT&T's exclusivity deal for the iPhone is believed to be ending in 2011 and may give Apple an opportunity to support Verizon and other carriers with 3G or even 4G.

by MacNN Staff



  1. SockRolid

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Just after CES would be perfect.

    Last January, all eyes were on Apple even during CES. Because everyone knew Apple's "tablet" was going to be announced in a matter of days. Next year Apple should do the same thing. All iPad wannabes at CES 2011 will be compared against the 2010 iPad and will be overshadowed by the impending announcement of the 2011 iPad.

    Tons of free publicity for Apple. CES media coverage will hype iPad without any input from Apple. Every year from now on.

  1. chas_m



    Looks like I was right ... again!

    I've been saying since the iPad came out that the next version wouldn't appear until the one-year anniversary (April 3rd, 2011).

    I don't think they'll make a formal announcement before then, or at least not in January, as it would really anger the millions that are going to buy one for xmas.

  1. larry8494

    Joined: Dec 1969


    US Jobs

    Does anyone know how much an iPad or iPod would cost if it, or more parts of it, was manufactured in the US?
    It'd be nice to have some of those jobs return to the US.

  1. iphonerulez

    Joined: Dec 1969


    That's quite a few companies building panels

    for the iPad. I wonder what the jackasses that claimed Apple wouldn't sell more a couple of million iPads for all of 2010 have to say for themselves. I'm fairly certain all the Apple fanbois have long since bought their iPads and yet demand is still growing.

    Look, Apple can't please everyone. At some point they're going to switch over to an iPad that supports FaceTime. Whoever just bought an older version is going to feel they were cheated, or maybe not, depending upon how valuable FaceTime is to them. I don't think that Apple should necessarily tell people a more advanced iPad is in the makes. I would think that is almost a given. Currently, demand is still high and not even refurbs are to be found. FaceTime or not, the current iPad is still useful for many things.

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