Rumor: Next Generation iPad Will Be Available In 3-4 Months

iPad with Retina Display

According to Taiwanese publication DigiTimes, Apple will launch the next generation iPad in 3 to 4 months.

DigiTimes reports that according to their sources in Apple’s supply chain, the production of parts for iPad 3 has already started ramping up, while production of iPad 2 has declined.

DigiTimes reports:

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, the sources noted.

According to DigiTimes’ sources in the supply chain, the production of the new iPads is expected to reach¬†9.5-9.8 million units in the first quarter of 2012.

Apple is expected to launch the third generation iPad with Retina Display towards the end of March or early April based on the yearly product cycle. To get some perspective: the Wi-Fi version of the original iPad went on sale in the United States on April 3, 2010, while iPad 2 has been available for purchase since March 11, 2011.

So March-April timeframe is good guesstime for the availability of iPad 3. However, according to one analyst, the next iPad will be available in February.

Are you waiting to buy iPad 3? What’s on your wish list?

[via DigiTimes]

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  • Nice

    Yeah I’ll get it I have the iPad 2 but don’t think iL get it right when it comes out though

  • fas

    and the TV will be available same time too.

  • Peter

    “production of iPad 2” (singular), then, “launch of the new iPads” (plural). hmmm, maybe a few different sizes, it has been said before in the rumour mill I remember, lol

  • 1wish

    I hope it jailbreakable. tired of being locked in

  • Still waiting

    Been waiting for a while to buy a 2 as rumors of the 3 coming out. If specs are good ‘ill get a 3. If its a weak upgrade then I’ll just get a 2 at a discounted price.

  • iPad 2 is one of the best purchase in my life! 3 should so much better to make me buy it, and I love it jailbroken like now, pretty sure that if they release iPad 3 it’s gonna take he’ll long time to jailbreak it!

  • Hoping for retina. If it has retina resolution, I’ll probably upgrade my iPad 1. If not, no.