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Production of iPad 3 said to be starting this quarter

Analyst from Susquehanna Group claims to be in the know

By MARK JONES

Published: 17 October, 2011

READ MORE: US | Apple | Tablet | iOS

According to analyst Jerry Fidacaro, from the Susquehanna Financial Group, up to one million iPad 3s will be made this quarter as the next generation tablet goes into production. It's said that Apple's manufacturing partners have received orders to make the tablet and the talk is supported by a previous note from an analyst in the same group. The note says that the iPad 3 has shown up on AAPL's production forecast and will start being made in late Q4.

The news comes not long after another analyst suggested that Apple was working on a so-called iPad mini which would be a cheaper version of the tablet. If real it will be targeted at the same corner of the market that the Kindle Fire has it's eye on and should cost somewhere around the $200 mark.


While it's not beyond the realms of possibility similar rumours appeared leading up the launch of the iPhone 4S of a smaller and cheaper iPhone. Though it was neither smaller or cheaper, or new, Apple did announce the decision to continue selling the iPhone 4 but with a reduced price tag. It wouldn't be surprising to see Apple adopt a similar strategy with the next generation tablet.

There are plenty of rumours already swirling about the iPad 3 and chief among them is that it will at last deliver the retina display that Apple fans were hoping for in the iPad 2. It was reported in August that Apple were testing 9.7" retina displays that offer a 2048x1536 resolution. Then there's the speculation about what kind of processor it will contain. If released this year an A5 dual-core chip seems likely however there's a possibility if it's out next year it might find itself with an A6 quad-core processor.

At the moment 2012 seems like a safer bet for Apple launching the device and if it does get a quad-core processor it might find it's glory short lived if Amazon's Hollywood has anything to do with it.

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