Apple’s hotly awaited successor to the iPad may have been delayed till summer due to increased production volume of its fifth-generation iPhone, a research report suggests.
According to Bloomberg Businessweek, a note published by analysts Vincent Chen and Alison Chen at Yuanta Securities Company claims that the tablet may have been pushed back from an April launch till June due to “production bottlenecks” at Hon Hai Precision Industry, the company that owns Foxconn, Apple’s main manufacturer of the iPhone.
Chen said: “Our checks suggest new issues are being encountered with the new production and it is taking time to resolve them.
“As a number of Android 3.0 tablets are being launched in April and May, the delay in iPad 2 shipments may give the Android camp a brief window of opportunity.”
A summer launch doesn’t mean it’s all doom and gloom for Cupertino-based company, but it will not have the luxury of a headstart like it did with the original iPad. With actual competition this time around from a raft of Android tablets, as well as the HP TouchPad and the BlackBerry PlayBook, it will have to work harder to maintain its dominance of the tablet market.
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