Just like with the first generation iPad, the iPad 2 will be released in the U.S. first, according to “reliable sources.” Other countries will have to wait until at least July 2011.
At launch, the device will be sold exclusively through Apple’s stores (online as well as brick-and-mortar stores), and Apple’s retail partners such as Walmart and Best Buy will have to wait until the end of the summer before being able to re-sell the new tablet.
MacNotes.de‘s sources also confirmed most iPad 2 rumors heard so far, such as the presence of a USB port, as well as front and rear cameras. The device will sport a ‘pseudo-retina’ display expected to offer a higher resolution than the first generation iPad, but the pixel density of the display will not be as high as the retina display currently featured in the iPhone 4 (click here for more details).
Foxconn, the company which assembles all iOS-powered devices on behalf of Apple, is reportedly retrofitting its production lines to be able to mass produce the new device – production should start as early as next month.