More Supply-Line Chatter Has iPad 2 Shipping In February

Just a few weeks after suppliers were nailed down for iPad 2 components and a Q1 ship date more or less confirmed, Digitimes has heard from Foxconn that they will be called on to ship some 400k-600k iPad 2 units in February. Though we expect an announcement in January, the actual availability date is subject to finalizing the firmware, quality assurance, and so on, all of which is ongoing.

It’s not exactly a surprise — we always felt if Apple didn’t unveil a new, smaller iPad for the holidays, then the updated iPad (likely the same size with a front-facing camera and a few hardware improvements) would come roughly on the one-year anniversary of the first in traditional Apple fashion.

We’ll be there, of course, whenever it goes down, but until then we’ll keep our ears to the ground for rumors and leaks.