On Wednesday morning, DigiTimes reported that Apple is now believed to have already decided on another key component supplier for the iPad 2. The Taiwanese industry publication dishes that Coretronic will supply backlight units to Chimei Innolux and LG Display. Chimei Innolux and LG will then make the LCD displays for the iPad 2.
“Coretronic has reportedly entered the supply chain for the second generation iPad, and will supply BLUs to Chimei Innolux (CMI) and LG Display. It is understood that Coretronic is the only BLU supplier of CMI for iPad 2, while LG Display is getting iPad 2 BLUs from Coretronic and Radiant Opto-Electronics”
Despite inconsistencies in reports regarding what components and features will define the iPad 2, the consensus among suppliers and market analysts is that the second generation iPad will be on the market by the conclusion of 2011's first quarter. Suppliers, on the other hand, will naturally start shipments much sooner.