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3 versions of iPad Apple's plan 2011

Apple plans to release three versions of iPad 2 for 2011 with mass production to start as early as the later half of January. Apple will ship about 500,000-530,000 units to channels in January with shipment ratio of Wi-Fi, UMTS and CDMA models at 3:4:3.

According to industry sources, citing upstream component makers, Apple is
expected to build:

  • Wi-Fi

  • UMTS

  • CDMA

models of the next iPad.

About 60 and 65 percent of current iPad shipments are the UMTS 3G model, indicating that consumers prefer models that are able to connect to the Internet all the time, therefore Apple is aiming to work even more closely with wireless partners for the second-generation tablet to satisfy market demand.

In addition to wireless functions, Apple is also working on strengthening the iPad 2's anti-smudge and anti-reflective treatments in order to compete against Kindle and attract more consumers,

In 2011, Apple will produce about 40 million iPads (lower than the 6 million per month capacity)
expected to have shipped about 16 million iPads in 2010, and between 2 million and 3 million units will remain in the channel at the start of 2011. That number is expected to satisfy demand as Apple gradually stops production of the first-generation device, in time for the debut of "iPad 2."

As for iPad 2, the sources estimate that the device's shipments in 2011 will reach 40 million units, accounting for 65-75% of the global tablet PC market.

Earlier this month, DigiTimes reported that Apple passed on an active-matrix organic LED display in its second-generation iPad because of constrained supplies of the displays. Those insufficient supplies have allegedly prompted Apple to stick with a backlit LCD display for the forthcoming device.

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