We are all aware now that the next version of the iPad is due to be showcased next week by Apple. Since the event was announced the speculation about the company’s plans has continued as we recently heard rumors of a smaller device being released. Now there are concerns about the iPad 3 supply’s around the launch of the device.
There are rumors that the proposed Retina Displays and the complicated production of them, is being claimed by a report on DigiTimes will mean it will take over a month before production is at full speed. Sources rumored to be close to Apple’s supply chain say that it could mean there may not be sufficient supply’s of the new iPad at launch.
Last October there were similar claims about manufacturing issues with the proposed new display for the iPad 3, which are reportedly being supplied by Samsung, Sharp, and LG. It is also being claimed that the current model will have the higher amount of shipments during the first quarter, with the iPad 3 taking over in the second quarter.
As usual you have to take all these rumors with a pinch of salt as production issues were first reported back in October, so these latest reports could quite easily being just the same speculation. Also the talk of a smaller iPad model has been spoken about in the past.
Meanwhile the next model may not be called the iPad 3 after a report of accessories for the device found by Gizmodo, has some listings for some Griffin cases for what is described as an iPad HD. Manufacturers normally don’t find out about new products until the last minute so it could easily be second guessing by Griffin, but the HD moniker certainly falls in with the speculation regarding the display on the next iPad.
As usual we will have to wait until next week when Apple reveals the device officially to the world before we truly know their plans.