As you may already know if you regularly read our blog, there have been some buzzes that the next generation iPad is already well on its way. With the tablet market becoming more competitive with the release of devices such as Kindle Fire, the Cupertino company is doing its best in order to retain its top spot. According to a new report, the iPad 3 will be available in about 3 to 4 months from now.
Now another report from Taiwan based IT insiders DigiTimes, surfaced stating that the next generation iPad is said to be made available in about 3 to 4 months. According to the report, manufacturers in the supply chain have already began delivering parts and components of the iPad 3 to OEM contractors. This in turn will also lower the production numbers for the iPad 2.
Production for the iPad 2 will remain high at about 14 to 15 million for the last quarter of 2011 but with the impending launch of the iPad 3, it will be drastically reduced to 4 to 5 million units.
OEM production of iPad 2 will remain high at 14-15 million units in the fourth quarter of 2011 but decline to 4-5 million units in the first quarter of 2012, paving the way for the launch of the new iPads, the sources noted.
The report also mentioned that Foxconn Electronics will start making the iPad 3 as early as next month and the production pace will be ramped up starting in February preparing for its possible launch in the months of March, April or May. Initial production numbers for the new iPad is estimated to be around 9.5 to 9.8 million units during the first quarter of 2012.
This report doesn't seem to gel well with a previous report that the iPad 3 will be available as early as February. But considering Apple's release cycle for the iPad, a March or April release seems to make more sense which jives well with this report. The iPad 2 was unveiled in March this year and it went on sale a few days after. So it should be safe to say that Apple will be sticking to such release cycle for its tablet device.
The next generation iPad or the iPad 3 is said to have double the resolution of the current iPad 2. And much like the iPhone 4S and iPhone 4, it will also feature a crisp Retina Display. Other upgrades are still quite unknown but an increase in processing power and a thinner design seems to be expected.
So will you be getting an iPad 3 when it becomes available 3 to 4 months from now? [via DigiTimes]Contact Us for News Tips, Corrections and Feedback