I did an iPad rumors post a few weeks back about Apple possibly ramping up production already for next year’s iPad 3.
At the end of this past week there were further reports at Apple Insider of Apple stockpiling up to 2 million units of the next gen iPad by the end of 2011.
To ensure it has enough supply of a thinner, higher-resolution third-generation iPad at launch next year, Apple reportedly plans to have around 2 million units already built by the end of 2011.
Citing sources in the company’s upstream supply chain, DigiTimes reported this week that Apple has tasked its suppliers with the development of two tablet projects, code-named "J1" and "J2." Both of the new models are said to have different sizes, specifications and technologies from the currently available iPad 2.
The ‘thinner and higher resolution’ mentions in the report are par for the course right about now – but I’m glad to see more indications that iPad 3 (or whatever name it ends up getting) production is underway and heading towards some good unit numbers leading into 2012. If these prove accurate, hopefully the end result is that there’s more stock available at launch time, more happy new buyers, and more sales.