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iPhone 5 and iPad 3 builders gearing up for go

Apple's manufacturing partners and component suppliers are gearing to start production of both the iPhone 5 and the iPad 3 according to industry insiders.

Taiwanese tech-industry moles at Digitimes have been digging through the dumpsters outside a number of facilities associated with the Cupertino company and say that the supply chains for both upcoming gadgets are showing distinct signs of activity.

Assembly partner Foxconn; battery suppliers Simplo Technologies and Dynapack; display panel makers TPK holding and Wintek; chassis builder Catcher and camera specialist Largan Precision have all been put in the frame for some hefty Apple contracts.

Secret sources say that Apple will only produce one new iPhone SKU, and that the iPad 3 was a recent and unexpected addition to the production schedule. They also hinted that the third iteration of the pioneer tablet PC could have a panel resolution of 250 pixels per inch, approaching that of the iPhone 4's as-yet-unrivalled Retina Display. It could be even thinner and lighter than the iPad 2.

Although Apple would be more than happy to have a third iPad on the market before many of its competitors get out of the starting blocks, we think it's unlikely the company will cannibalise its own incredibly strong sales to stay one step ahead of the pack.

You can see our predictions for the iPhone 5, which should land in September, here.