Lovely iPad Rumor of the Day: iPad 3 Production Is Already Starting

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Now that Apple finally deigned to release a new iPhone, it looks like the iPad 3 rumor mill will now gradually rev up to full-on crazy levels over the next few months. And it has already started of course.

Here’s one early favorite – a recent report at AllThingsD highlights the claim by a financial analyst that production of the next-gen iPad is already getting underway this quarter:

According to Susquehanna Financial analyst Jeff Fidacaro, the device is headed into production.

Supply chain checks suggest to Fidacaro that Apple is ramping up its fourth-quarter iPad builds to between 12 and 14 million, from between 11 million and 13 million. And, importantly, that upward adjustment is due in part to an early iPad 3 production run.

Here’s hoping this one is accurate and if it is that production for the iPad 3 ramps up further over the next few months, so that when it’s released we don’t see supply shortages quite so quickly.


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6 thoughts on “Lovely iPad Rumor of the Day: iPad 3 Production Is Already Starting”

  1. You analysts have no clue what’s going on, do you? Apple products are on annual release cyces, We don’t need to speculate on facts.

    1. I’m not, and have never claimed to be, an ‘analyst’.

      I also did not mention anything in this post about release cycles, as I’m fully aware of the one e have seen thuis far for the iPad. And by the way, there is more than one example of Apple changing the release cycle for hit products – that is fact.

      This post isn’t about release cycles at all; it’s about ramping up production for the next-gen iPad.

      1. This post is about giving credence to completely ridiculous speculation thereby bringing in extra page views by appealing to viewer’s “hopes” that they might see an iPad 3 earlier.

        You have a good site & I wish you wouldn’t diminish that with posts like this… I think the “facts” and “realistic rumors” about the amazing iPad are enough to sustain a quality site.

        1. Hey Dan – I’m sorry you feel that way about this post.

          For me, this is absolutely in the category of realistic rumors. It does not strike me as far-fetched that Apple, having seen the enormous demand for the first two, would perhaps ramp up production earlier for the third gen.

          I didn’t say anything in this post about the iPad 3 being released earlier or attempt to raise any hopes, or play to any hopes on that.

          I don’t cover a lot of iPad rumors here, and I have a very simple criteria for choosing which ones I do post about: those that interest me. This one did.

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