Over the past few weeks, there have been a considerable stream or rumors coming in about Apple upcoming tablet device, the iPad 3. There have been consistent reports pointing to the possibility that the iPad 3 will be launched this coming March. Now a new report comes in stating that Apple's manufacturing partners have already started the assembly of the third-gen iPad just in time for a March release.
The report came straight from Japanese blog Macotakara claiming that Apple partners Foxconn and Pegatron are already in the process manufacturing the iPad as of this exact moment. According to the report, initial shipment of the device will start coming in as early as March which actually coincides with previous reports that pegged similar release window. The Japanese blog claimed that they have received the information from Chinese source.
From Macotakara (Google Translated):
According to Chinese source, Foxconn Technology and Pegatron Technology started next generation of iPad assembly with Foxconn bearing 85% and Pegatron taking 15% of the production load like as iPhone 4S. Accelerated schedule is made possible by earlier Chinese New Year festival, 23rd-28th January.
Macotakara added that instead of Samsung, Japanese display manufacturer Sharp will be handling the production of iPad 3 this time around. A bit of info which has been reported in the past as well. Macotakara also confirmed previous claim from iLounge's Jeremy Horwitz that the iPad 3 will be slightly thicker than the current iPad.
While Macotakara has its share of misses when it comes to Apple rumors, they are generally more reliable than Taiwan-based DigiTimes, and that's saying a lot. Due to the numerous reports that the iPad 3 is coming this March, it would be wise to hold off on buying a new iPad in case you are indeed planning to purchase one. [via iDownloadBlog]Contact Us for News Tips, Corrections and Feedback