The rumors about the next-generation iPad are coming quickly. Another source is claiming that the new iPad 3 will land in the next 3-4 months. We heard a very similar rumor early in December that the iPad 3 was due to launch in February. That is a bit sooner than the latest rumor claims. According to the latest rumor, the makers of components for the iPad 3 have started to ship the parts to OEM contractors for assembly.
At the same time, the production and shipment of parts for the current generation tablets have been reduced according to the sources. Production of the iPad 2 is continuing at a brisk pace with 14-15 million units of the iPad 2 expected to be produced in Q4. The production will decline significantly for Q1 2012 according to the sources with only about 4-5 million units made.
Foxconn will kick off iPad three production in January and ramp up production volume in February. Sources in the supply chain claim that the new-generation iPad will see production volume of 9.5 to 9.8 million in the first quarter of 2012. The same sources are estimating that for the iPad 2 are expected to hit 40 million units for all of 2011.