Son Of iPad 2 Already In Production Says Analyst

Apple may already have started to produce the iPad 3 tablet, which is set to be released next year and is likely to come with the Apple A6 SoC.

AllthingsD reports that Jeff Fidacaro, an analyst from Susquehanna Financial, is adamant that Apple has increased the production of the iPad 2 to 14 million units up from around 13 million units.

That increase in production is also coinciding with the introduction of a new iPad 3 which will be produced alongside the existing iPad 2.

Fidacaro is quoted as saying, “Since our last month supply chain checks we are now seeing 600,000 to 1 million iPad 3 builds showing up on the plan for the fourth quarter of calendar 2011. Our previous estimate did not include any iPad 3s.”

The iPad 3 is expected to go on sale in March 2012. There are also rumours that Apple will be launching an iPad Mini tablet next year to face Amazon's Kindle Fire and a slew of other low cost Android tablets.

The iPad 3 may come with more memory (1GB), a retina display screen and that A6 system on chip. That chip is more than likely to come with four cores and an even more powerful GPU.