iPad 3 Production Now in Full Swing
Production of the third-generation iPad is now underway, according to a new report from DigiTimes.
The trusted far east publication indicated Thursday that Apple has tapered back its fourth-quarter orders for iPad 2 display panels in order to accommodate the full breadth of labor and component resources the iPad 3 production and assembly will require.
"While Apple is adjusting panel inventory for iPad 2," the report reads, "Samsung and Sharp already began shipping panels for the next-generation iPads to Apple in October, and Taiwan-based touch panel makers TPK Holding and Wintek will begin to ship touch panels for the new iPads to the supply chain in November-December, the sources noted."
If the latest reports are accurate, iPad 3 production is now ramping up and will continue at a break-neck pace through the end of 2011.
But despite the jump start that the iPad 3 is seeing, don't expect to actually get your hands on a third-generation iPad any time soon. Obviously, Apple hasn't announced a timeframe for the next-gen tablet's release, but most industry insiders believe we will see nothing before March 2012.