As Apple continues to look ahead of the competition, the company is working with component suppliers and its assembler in Asia for a trial production of its next generation iPad.
Ordering key parts such as display panels and chips for the new tablet, Apple is aiming to launch the device in early 2012, according to a new report. The iPad 3 is rumored to feature a high resolution display of 2048 x 1536 compared to the iPad 2’s current 1024 x 768 display.
One supplier stated Apple has already placed orders for parts for about 1.5 million iPad 3s in the fourth quarter, with other suppliers claiming the Cupertino-based company placed orders for a 9.7-inch screen device. According to the same sources, Apple wants suppliers to speed up production and improve the yield rate for the new iPad in the fourth quarter before its official launch in order to avoid any potential delays in getting the iPad 3 to customers.
Buzz about a next generation iPad and iPad HD has been circulating for months, though a report earlier this week claimed the supposed device would be delayed due to manufacturers’ inability to produce a reliable high-quality screen in sufficient quantities.