While we wait for iOS 4.2 to drop, Apple is supposedly busy lining up parts suppliers for the next-generation iPad. DigiTimes reports that Ibiden, Tripod Technology and TTM Technologies will be the initial Printed Circuit Board (PCB) suppliers. Their sources say that these companies have received "certification from Apple" and will begin shipping parts in December. They also expect additional suppliers to be added in February.
DigiTimes' track record is hit-and-miss, so keep that in mind. Here's what you can bank on: Apple will update the iPad's hardware. It will include parts, and those parts will be made by someone. The current iPad models will be a year old as of April 3rd, 2011, so it's reasonable that Apple will release an update near the beginning of next year.
How's that for a rumor?