According to Digitimes, due to some last minute device changes and supply shortages at manufacturing plants, Apple has reduced their mass production target volume for the iPad 2 from “400,000-600,000 units originally to only 300,000-400,000 units.”

The sources pointed out that Apple still maintains its plans to mass produce the iPad 2 by the end of February; however, affected by low touch panel yields and an adjustment in specifications, Apple’s production volume forecast for the first quarter is expected to drop from 400,000-600,000 units originally to only 300,000-400,000 units.

Apple is still mass-producing the next-generation tablet right now and it still tracking a late March release date. The new iPad is expected to have a lighter, thinner design with faster and more powerful internals, in addition to FaceTime video conferencing.

Apple is also said to have already lowered the production and shipments of the first generation iPad. According to our own sources around the world, iPad inventory at many different stores is much lower than usual.

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