Tweaked this post to fix a few screwups on my part.
Foxconn, the Chinese company that makes Apple's iPad, reportedly has been told to ramp up production for a next-gen device. According to DigiTimes, Foxconn has been told to ship the iPad 2 in the next 100 days with initial shipments of 400,000 to 600,000 units.
These sources point to a February shipment of Apple's next-gen iPad with a launch in April.
The timing of this story is problematic to some degree. If the report is true---there are no guarantees of that---Apple is planning to launch a new improved iPad just two months four months after the Christmas selling season.
Will consumers hold out for the next iPad? And will consumers who just got an iPad chafe at a launch of the iPad 2 relatively soon after the holidays?
I've mentioned the iPad 2 to a few Apple fans and the reaction was mixed. Some folks said that Apple wouldn't launch a next-gen iPad so soon.
The other risk with all of this iPad 2 talk is that consumers will wait on current iPad orders. There is ample supply of iPads in stores. Apple clearly wants to move these units out of the way.
Will talk of an iPad 2 give you pause before buying the current iPad?