The next two products on the Apple production line are the iPhone 5 and the iPad 2.
A buzzbiznews employee recently took a trip to China, and sources close to Apple’s factory have suggested that the iPad 2 will begin to enter production in the coming few weeks. The factory is currently churning out the slightly modified Verizon iPhone 4, so once they have been produced they will be turning their attention to the iPad 2. We are then expecting and iPad 2 release date of some time at the end of April or beginning of May. Apple would be expected to release a statement in the coming week confirming what new features will exist in the iPad 2. One feature many of us are expecting will be USB connectivity as well as an HD screen and NFC connectivity. Yet anything else we predict will be purely guess work.
The iPhone 5 release date should be expected sometime in the summer, around July or early August. This would tie in with the yearly time distance between past generations of iPhone. Once more we can expect the iPhone 5 to feature NFC to enable mobile payments. Once Apple rolls out this software in their gadgets then I believe we will finally see the take off of NFC payments.
It is an exciting time to be an Apple Fan, there are lots of product releases to look forward to. What features do you want in the iPad 2 and the iPhone 5?