According to a report from the hit-and-miss Digitimes, Apple has made adjustments to its iPad 2 design at the last minute and it is now facing some issues with production levels for the expected big launch next month. No information on what that design change was on the iPad 2, maybe we will see LightPeak -- aka ThunderBolt -- afterall, we shall see.

Production problems are apparently caused by low supplies of touch panels for the iPad 2 however, Apple has LG, Samsung and Chimei Innoloux all manufacturing panels, so are not relying on a single supplier.

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.
The sources pointed out that most upstream component makers still have not yet received notification from Apple to delay shipments; therefore they believe the mass production schedule is still as originally planned.

If this rumor does indeed turn out to be true, iPad 2 will be like gold dust on launch day yet again. We may also see a repeat of the original launch, which was US only with other countries following a month later.

Now how many people want an iPad 2? Will the demand be as great as the first iPad? Let us know what you think in the comments!

[Digitimes]