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Apple Ramping Up Next-Gen iPad Production in February? To Have 'World Mode' Cellular Data Access?

Screen shot 2010-02-21 at 1.59.31 PM.pngDigiTimes is reporting that Apple has already found their initial set of circuit board suppliers for the next-generation iPad. More suppliers are to be added in February to support a fast build rate.

Ibiden, Tripod Technology and TTM Technologies have been named as the initial PCB suppliers for a second-generation Apple tablet PC, which is expected to be launched in the first quarter of 2011. Four more suppliers will be added to the list in February 2011, when shipments of the new iPads ramp up, according to industry sources.

The sources said Ibiden, Tripod and TTM have received certification from Apple, and will start shipping any-layer HDI boards for iPad 2 in small quantities in December, the sources said.

A second report (via MacRumors) comes from Brian Blair, a Wedge Partners analyst, that Apple is adopting a “world mode” GSM/CDMA radio from Qualcomm, that will provide cellular reception from both major cellular network types.

“Recent checks… suggest Apple is going to be ratcheting down production of the existing 3G iPad over the next two months in anticipation of ramping up a new World iPad that is powered by Qualcomm and will run on both GSM and CDMA based networks around the world,” Blair writes.

Blair goes on to say that the next-generation iPad will have at least a front-facing camera, and be thinner than the current iPad model.

With a “world mode” chip in place, the next-generation iPad could natively support Verizon’s network, instead of the company simply selling a WiFi only model bundled with a MiFi device, as they do now.

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