iPad 2: Does production of 6 million a month mean it will be cheap?

The Apple iPad has been one of the year’s smash hits and spearheaded the demand for tablet devices such as the Samsung Galaxy Tab that followed and the BlackBerry Playbook due out early next year among many others on their way. Lately we’ve been giving you some information about the next-generation iPad and recent articles included one about the dual-cameras expected and the fact that Foxconn were rumored to ship in 100 days.

Now we have news that Apple anticipates its iPad 2 will be even more popular than the original iPad with rumors that 6 million are to be produced every month, according to Katie Marsal over on Apple Insider, sourced from DigiTimes. These figures seem incredible especially when you compare them to the 4 million produced per quarter for the initial iPad.

Apple has taken on two more touchscreen makers to produce the iPad 2, Chimei Innolux and Cando, to add to its current manufacturers, Wintek, TPK Touch Solutions and Sintek Photronics. It’s reported that shipping of the iPad 2 to Apple will begin in January or February allowing for its release date around April. Apparently rumors of a 7-inch iPad were false and Apple looks set to stick with a larger-screen model.

Dan Frommer from Business Insider over on SFGate makes an interesting observation about the numbers of iPad 2’s to be produced, asking if that means it will be extremely cheap and also notes that a much lower price could be a significant feature of the next-generation iPad. We’d like to know your thoughts about the huge numbers of the next iPad to be produced so please let us have your comments.

  • troytempest

    To shift 6 million a month you are in the $200 – £250 range IMHO and that would tempt iPad 1 owners as well.