Thank goodness for those gossipers in Taiwan—without them, following industry news would be so much more boring. According to DigiTimes, "sources from Taiwan-based component makers" have revealed that Foxconn is gearing up to ship second-generation Apple iPads, and that the launch could take place "as soon as the end of February."
The site adds that Apple was originally aiming to kick off mass production in January, but holdups with the iPad 2's firmware development caused the delay. In any case, Foxconn will reportedly have between 400,000 and 600,000 units ready for the launch. I can smell the long lines in front of Apple Stores already. (Now if only people could camp out without skipping their morning showers...)
If you were hoping for more information, you'll have to wait until the next round of rumors. The details we found out last month paint a reasonably complete picture of the device, though—you know, provided there's any truth to them. The iPad 2 is rumored to have a better screen, video calling capabilities, and a built-in gyroscope, among other features.