Apple is planning to produce 40 million iPad 2s in 2011, including 3 million iPad 2s in the first quarter and 10-12 million in the second, according to a DigiTimes report.
After producing 1.7-2 million units of the first-generation iPad in January, Apple began to phase out production of the old model in February, while beginning to roll out the iPad 2, according to component suppliers in Taiwan. Shipments of iPad 2 are expected to top 2-3 million units in March, the sources added.
With a shipment ratio of 4:6 for the first and second halves, shipments of iPad 2 are likely to reach 21.5-24 million units in the second half of the year, the sources estimated.
The iPad 2 will be available in the U.S. starting March 11th and will come to many more countries on March 25th.
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