A new report claims that Apple’s manufacturing partners have begun receiving orders to produce iPad 3s; this after a note from an analyst declared that the next generation iPad was set for production and will start being made in late Q4.
According to analyst Jerry Fidacaro from the Susquehanna Financial Group, up to one million iPad 3s will be made this quarter, once the tablet goes into production. Rumors of a third generation iPad have been buzzing since June, with most speculating a tablet sporting a retina display. In August, it was reported that Apple was testing a 9.7-inch, 2048 x 1536 retina display, which compared to the current tablet’s 1024 x 768 screen resolution is a significant improvement.
Among other rumors, the iPad 3 is thought to pack a new processor as well. If released this year, an A5 dual-core chip would likely be found in the tablet. However, if launched in 2012, the iPad 3 could be sporting an A6 quad-core processor.
This report comes soon after another analyst suggested an iPad mini was in the works. The tablet, if true, would be a cheaper version of the iPad, aimed to attract the same demographic as Amazon’s $200 Kindle Fire.