iPad 3 production to begin this December, analyst says

Manufacturers will reportedly slowly begin shifting production from iPad 2 to iPad 3 by Q4 2011

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The iPad 3 may be ready for an early 2012 launch if these latest reports prove correct.

According to Barron’s, analyst Christopher Caso of Susquehanna Financial claims that the next generation iPad will begin production sometime Q4 2011. Only limited numbers (600,000 to 1,000,000 units) will be in the initial volume, Caso predicts, before production begins to ramp up throughout 2012. His sources come from “checks” with Apple insiders involved with iPad production.

The start of iPad 3 production could explain why Apple may be planning to produce more iPad 2 units for Q3 2011 than Q4 2011. The lowered mass production forecast may signify a slow shift in the manufacturing process from iPad 2 to iPad 3. Apple will reportedly produce around 18m and 12m iPad 2 units for Q3 and Q4 of this year, respectively.

Exactly how the rumored “iPad mini” can fit into the production schedule remains to be seen. Perhaps Apple will order both iPad 3 and “iPad mini” units simultaneously from manufacturers, but nothing will be set in stone until Apple inevitably announces its future iPad offerings.

The next generation iPad has been said to include an ultra-high resolution "Retina" type display with a longer lasting, even thinner battery.


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Allen Ngo, 2011-10-14 (Update: 2012-05-26)
Allen Ngo
Allen Ngo - US Editor in Chief
After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.