Its 100 days from now that the iPad in its new avatar or the next improved version of the still immensely popular Apple tablet will begin shipping as per what our friends at Digitimes are reporting stating that Foxconn plans in China have been so informed with initial shipments expected to reach around 400,000 to 600,000 units. This works out to a February end or early March time line though it was in January that Apple had initially planned to start mass production. The reason attributed to the delay is the firmware that is still being perfected and is taking time. With shipping slated to begin towards the end of February, Apple will then be building sufficient stockpile of the tablet so that its around April next year that we might be witnessing another grand unveiling of the iPad 2, almost a year after the original iPad had gone on sale.
And just to give you an idea of how popular the iPad still is, a staggering 4.19 million units of the tablet PC has been sold in the third quarter with sales reaching a whooping 7.5 million units in the time span of 9 months since its launch on 3rd April. More countries like South Korea and Latin America are all set to join the iPad party in the fourth quarter which will push that figure even higher. The there is the holiday season approaching and expect an increment of a few more millions before the year comes to a close.