Word on the street is that the all new iPad 3 could be with us within the next 4-5 months. The time scale has been calculated on the basis of change in pattern observed among those in the supply chain who have now started to deliver the components required for the making of the next gen iPad to OEM contractors. Also, while production of components for the new iPad has picked up, the same for the current iPad 2 has dipped a bit as further proof of the coming of the new iPad.
Foxconn Electronics is all set to begin production of iPad 3 from January next while production will be increased further from February itself. Sources point out the new iPad production could reach 9.5-9.8 million during the Q1 2012. Similarly, OEM production of the current iPad 2 during Q4 2011 is likely to be around 14-15 million units but will shrink down to just about 4-5 million during Q1 2012 to pave the way for the new iPad 3.