Jeff Fidacaro, Industry Analyst at Susquehanna Financial has claimed the new iPad has already entered production in China.
Fidacaro told AllThingsD: “Since our last month supply chain checks we are now seeing 600,000 to one million iPad 3 builds showing up on the plan for the fourth quarter of calendar 2011… Our previous estimate did not include any iPad 3s.”
The analyst also claims that supply chain checks indicate that Apple is upping its iPad 2 production in the final quarter of the year to between 12 and 14 million, from between 11 million and 13 million, suggesting that the adjustment is due to an early iPad 3 production run.
As the design changes between the original iPad and iPad 2 were so drastic, its expected that Apple will embark upon a drastic overhaul for the third generation. Other predictions for the new iPad 3 include a 9.7-inch version of the iPhone 4S’s Retina display with a faster A6 dual-core CPU.
If these rumours turn out to be true it is likely that the launch for the iPad 3 would be set for early 2012, possibly in March, the same month Apple released the iPad 2.