Digitimes has reported that the next generation of the iPad is expected to be available in the next 3-4 months. This news comes from manufacturers in the supply chain, who have started delivering parts and components for the new tablets to OEM contractors.
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.
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.
As stated above, the current production of the iPad 2 will remain high but will then slow down as the next-generation iPad gets near.
The next-generation iPad is rumored to have a Retina display, a faster A6 processor – possible Quad Core, and be slightly thicker than the current model.