Report: iPad 3 to become available in 3-4 months

According to recent report by Chinese news site DigiTimes, Apple’s next generation iPad will go on sale in 3 to 4 months. In the report Digitimes says that makers in Apple’s supply chain for iPad have already started delivering parts and components to OEM contractors. This report coincides with the report that surfaced a few days ago when Citi analyst said that next gen iPad with Retina Display will become available in the first quarter of next year and added “there do not appear to be any significant technical hurdles remaining”.

DigiTimes says that the supply chains have also reduced the amount of deliveries of iPad 2 components to OEMs – a usual practice before a new product is coming to the market.

Although iPad 3 will be released in the first quarter of next year according to these reports, the production of iPad will remain high at 14-15 million units for the last quarter of 2011. The production of iPad 2 units will decline to 4-5 million units in the first quarter of 2012.

DigiTimes says that Foxconn will begin the production of iPad 3 units in January. On the amount of iPad 3 units, DigiTimes notes

 Production of the new iPads is expected to reach 9.5-9.8 million units in the first quarter of 2012, estimated sources in the supply chain. Sales of iPad products totaled 25.06 million in the first three quarters of 2011 and are likely to reach 40 million units for all of 2011, the sources estimated.

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