Citing industry sources, Taiwanese publication DigiTimes this morning reports that Apple’s next-generation iPad model(s) could arrive as early as in 3-4 months time. The news arrives alongside reports that parts and components for the device(s) have already started being delivered to Apple’s Far Eastern manufacturers.
Highlighting a slow but gradual weening off of manufacturing parts for its iPad 2, DigiTimes notes Apple’s partner Foxconn could begin production of the next-generation iPad as early as this January.
Meanwhile, Foxconn Electronics will begin to produce the next-generation iPads in January and to ramp up the production volume starting February, according to a Chinese-language Commercial Times report, which quoted Kevin Chang, an analyst of Citigroup Global Markets, as indicating.
The publication claims this ramp in Apple’s production could see the company product up to 10 Million units in total of the iPad, with production of the tablet expected to reflect a staggering 40 Million units by the end of this year.
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.
This release timeframe would make a lot of sense for Apple, especially considering 4 months from now would put us smack-bang in the middle of next April. Apple’s original iPad was put on sale publicly in the U.S on April 3, 2010, with the iPad 2 following on March 11, 2011.[via 9to5Mac]