If rumors and some online new reports are to be believed, Apple’s manufacturing partners have started delivering parts and components for the third-generation iPad to OEM contractors. At the same time, they are preparing to draw down production of the iPad 2.
According to online news reports, OEM production of the iPad 2 is expected to remain steady. A number between 14 to 15 million units is expected to be shipped out in the December quarter (for the holiday season). In January 2012, the numbers are being estimated to decline to 4 to 5 million units as production of the so called iPad 3 will begin. It is expected to reach 9.5 to 9.8 million units next quarter. We want to remind our readers that so far Apple has not announced the official name or release date of next iPad.
According to China’s Commercial Times , Citigroup analyst Kevin Chang mentioned that Foxconn will begin producing the device in January ahead of large-scale production in February.
However, there are some blogs and some conflicting online news reports that claim an early arrival of the next in early February. According to the sources of Analyst Richard Gardner, there were no “significant technical hurdles remaining” for the device and thus, Apple did not see any reason to keep it waiting.