Apple Lining Up iPad 2 Parts, Suppliers

Apple is apparently in the process of testing and selecting components for the second generation iPad, including reinforced touch panel glass, according to DigitTimes.

TPK Touch Solutions, Wintek, Cando and Chimei Innolux are reported to be testing ultra-thin reinforced glass touch panels for Apple and are expected to start shipping components to Apple early in 2011.

Like the current iPad, the next generation model will apparently stick with a 9.7-inch screen size. Rumors claim the new model will include a front-facing camera, too, along with support for Apple’s FaceTime video chat feature in iOS 4.

Parts suppliers are expecting Apple will ship the second generation iPad during the first quarter of 2011.