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iPad 2 successor possibly to hit stores as early as February

While this can be lumped squarely in the "unconfirmed" column, rumors have begun swirling about the possibility of Apple's next-generation tablet, the iPad 3, launching within the next "three to four months."

Anonymous sources in the supply chain are cited by DigiTimes saying that the parts and components for the iPad 3 are being delivered to OEM contractors while reducing deliveries for the iPad 2. 

"OEM production of iPad 2 will remain high at 14-15 million units in the fourth quarter of 2011 but decline to 4-5 million units in the first quarter of 2012, paving the way for the launch of the new iPads," DigiTimes writes.

The rumors are bolstered by further reports from a Chinese Commercial Times report that says Foxconn will begin production on the new models in January, and increasing production by February.

The aforementioned anonymous supply-chain sources say that anywhere from 9.5 to 9.8 million units of the iPad 3 will be produced in Q1 of 2012.

Another report from last week, this one from the L.A. Times, cited February as the target launch date, so the new timeframe isn't too far off. 

According to the Times, the iPad 3 will be similar to its predecessor, but will include Apple's retina display, doubling the resolution found on the current model.

The original iPad launched in April 2010. The iPad 2 launched in March 2011. If Apple's 11-month trend for next generation of its popular tablet continues, February 2012 would be the target.

With increased competition in the tablet market from the likes of Microsoft and additional Android offerings, Apple might be feeling a sense of urgency to stay ahead of the curve if it wants to hold on to its tablet market share.

Sources: DigiTimes, LA Times

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By Pirks on 12/12/2011 5:21:28 PM , Rating: 0
hey, a nice article, thanks for the link. now I understand what this is about: apple is posting some tech specs for their laptops mostly for legacy reasons but even then they don't show them as prominently as say dell does

what is funny is that ms is following the same approach now too with their signature pc campaign in their online store, and I LIKE THAT! no more GHz/GeeBees bullshit, it's only about consumer EXPERIENCE now, not JUST SPECS. cudos to Jobs for pioneering this.

also explains why Tony suffered from ms so much and why his suffering is looking so funny these days. in early days MS may have been indeed too arcane and not quite user friendly by producing shit OSes like win 3.x and win 9x (but these were dirt cheap and way waay better for people especially in business than anything else so ms earned their monopoly for a reason 'cause Apple screwed it up BIG time back then) but they learned their lesson since then and slowly becoming more and more consumer friendly company 'cause this is the only way for them to survive and ballmer fortunately understands that.

all in all great read, ok, I agree now maybe most Apple users are not looking into specs that much these days, it's true they buy on a brand image mostly, they just know apple means quality for them so... kinda explains it. specs are still there though for those who want to know, but yeah most Apple users probably are not that interested in specs anymore. it's about experience and brand name quality and user ratings these days, spec wars are kinda over, which is a good thing!

"Well, we didn't have anyone in line that got shot waiting for our system." -- Nintendo of America Vice President Perrin Kaplan

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