Rumor: Apple's iPad 3 going into full production?

Even as Apple begins to sell the iPhone 4S around the world today, the company is likely already preparing to launch its next major product.

That device is almost certainly the iPad 3, the next version of its tablet product that has spawned a lot of copy-cats from Samsung, Motorola, RIM, and more. Now, AllThingsD.com reports that the iPad 3 might be moving into full production mode.

The report comes from Susquehanna Financial analyst Jeff Fidacaro who claims that Apple has increased the number of iPads that it is making in the current fourth quarter of 2011. The new estimates are between 12 and 14 million unit which is higher than previous estimates of between 11 million and 13 million iPad units.

Fidacaro claims that increase is due to Apple ramping up production of the iPad 3, saying, "Since our last month supply chain checks we are now seeing 600,000 to one million iPad 3 builds showing up on the plan for the fourth quarter of calendar 2011 Our previous estimate did not include any iPad 3s." It's possible that the iPad 3 could launch in March 2012, a year after the iPad 2.

Most speculation on the iPad 3's hardware centers on a faster processor, possibly quad-core, along with a higher resolution display. However, the size of the iPad 3 is expected to remain the same. New rumors hit this week claiming that Apple might also launch a cheaper iPad in 2012, possibly to compete with Amazon's $199 seven inch Kindle Fire tablet.

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I do agree with a few of the comments above. These rumor articles are nice and all but actually seeing something more worthwhile to read would be nicer.

I'm not sure about anyone else but why do some people act like whenever its announced/rumored that the next version of a product (even something like a game console) is being worked it, its like someone just solved the world hunger issue.

First of all, you mention "copy-cats" umm wrong? iPad might be the most popular but it is certainly not better then the competition. I dont own one but i personally like the Playbook the best. Funny how its doing terrible in sales. But just because Ford outsells Ferrari does not make Ford a better product... And second, LMAO @ "possibly quad-core" Apple hasn't even found the use for its dual core yet. They are not going straight to quad-core. Haven't you learned by now that apple only releases incremental upgrades to its hardware? Ipad 17 will have quadcore.

Now a day, there seems to be more rumors than real fact. Who cares about those rumors? Does anybody really think that there will NOT be an iPad 3?

So the iPad 3 might launch in March, a year after the iPad 2, which launched a year after the iPad 1? Thanks for the great insights!

STOP IT WITH ALL THESE RUMOURS. I WANT PROPER REPORTS THAT HAVE SOME SUBSTANCE AND NO I DIDN'T REALISE I HAD CAPSLOCK ON, BUT IT DOES HELP EMPHASISE MY POINT.

rajputwarrior said,

welcome to john callaham's articles...

not him. the person who started this rumor in the tech world Jeff Fidacaro.

perochan said,

not him. the person who started this rumor in the tech world Jeff Fidacaro.

And John Callaham relays it over here, as usual...

perochan said,
i hate sourceless rumor...

Yup, I think everyone is tired of this rubbish. The greatest thing ever Apple did was to create this speculative media hype machine which drives itself. Free advertising and a bit of drool makes folks wait rather than buy a different product now.

Sounds like the author of this article is trying to start these "rumors" Considering we have seen zero spec rumors I find it hard to believe they are in full production.

Rooster69 said,
Sounds like the author of this article is trying to start these "rumors" Considering we have seen zero spec rumors I find it hard to believe they are in full production.
now that the 4S has shipped, someone's gotta keep the Apple wheel going