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Taiwanese suppliers reportedly preparing for iPad 3 production

Next generation iPad could be starting production this August alongside the iPhone 5

The third generation iPad may be closer to release than previously thought.

According to a DigiTimes report, Taiwan-based supply chains are gearing up for both iPhone 5 and iPad 3 production. Component makers and assemblers, such as Foxconn, Simplo Technologies, TPK Holding and Largan Precision, are apparently readying their respective materials for volume orders from Apple. Simplo Technologies and Dynapack are expected to be supplying 65% and 35% of Apple’s total battery demand, respectively.

The source points out that iPad 3 production should begin as soon as August and would ramp up in the following months. While production estimates aren’t provided, DigiTimes mentions that the total iPad supply for 2011 “will have a good chance to break 40 million units.”

The next generation iPad has been rumored to incorporate a high resolution “Retina Display,” ala the iPhone 4. If true, we can expect to see the next iPad shipping with Samsung’s ultra-high resolution tablet display announced two months ago at the SID Display Week International Symposium. 3D video support may be coming as well. We also wouldn’t be surprised if the iPad 3 came in an even thinner and lighter chassis, either.


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Allen Ngo, 2011-07- 3 (Update: 2012-05-26)