Digitimes notes next-generation iPads could debut in the next 3-4 months, based on information that supply chain makers have started to deliver new parts to factories for iPad production:
The next generation iPads are expected to be available in the next 3-4 months as makers in the supply chain have started delivering parts and components for the new tablets to OEM contractors while reducing those prepared for iPad 2, according to sources in the supply chain.
Sources note iPad 2 production will stay at 14-15 million units for the fourth quarter of 2011, but stock will decrease in 2012 to make way for new iPads. Foxconn will once again undertake the production of new iPads:
Meanwhile, Foxconn Electronics will begin to produce the next-generation iPads in January and to ramp up the production volume starting February, according to a Chinese-language Commercial Times report, which quoted Kevin Chang, an analyst of Citigroup Global Markets, as indicating.
New iPads are estimated at 9.5-9.8 million units in Q1 2012, note sources. The iPad 3 has long been rumoured to come equipped with a Retina Display, with LCD panels to come from Sharp instead of Samsung.
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