Apple Jockeys to Boost iPad 2 Production

Apple is taking steps to increase stock levels of its in-demand tablet, the iPad 2, according to reports from Taiwan.

According to Digitimes, the company has engaged Coretronic to supply backlight modules for the iPad 2.

Apple already uses Taiwan-based Radiant for its backlight modules, but the report -- which doesn't cite a source for the claims, but merely calls it a "rumor" -- suggests that Coretronic's output is likely to grow in the coming months after a slump in April caused by the Japanese earthquake a tsunami.

A report in China Times earlier this week claimed that Apple had also been looking to engage another backlight module maker, Everlight Electronics.

Earlier this month analysts claimed that iPad supply constraints had eased, though there are conflicting opinions as to what the effect of last week's explosion in Foxconn's Chengdu plant -- which killed three people -- will be on iPad supplies.

Anyone wishing to buy an iPad 2 in the UK through Apple's online store faces a wait of 1-2 weeks, according to the website.

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