It’s getting to that time of year where the iPad 2 rumors start, and now MacRumors is reporting that MacNotes.de claims the 2nd generation iPad will be released on either April 2nd or 9th – at least in the United States.
The german site reports that the next iPad will be released in the US a few months before becoming available worldwide, a strategy that Apple followed back in April 2010 with the original tablet.
Reliable sources told us about the upcoming launch of the Apple iPad 2: the first or second Saturday in April will see the first sales of Apples new tablet. The iPad 2 will sell US-only for three months, and Apple Store-only for up to half a year. In July, more countries will follow. Walmart, Best Buy and Co. maybe have to wait until October until they are allowed to sell Apples new tablets.
While the release date doesn’t sound too surprising, the delay in international shipments doesn’t fit quote so well. If you think back to last year, the iPad was originally expected to arrive outside the US much earlier than it eventually did, with huge demand causing a shortage in units with all available hardware being diverted to the States. Given the way Apple has been working on expanding production lines over the last 12 months it would be a surprise if a similar issue were to crop up.
Still, if they sell enough anything could happen!