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Apple May Ask Pegatron To Build iPad 2 Followup

Apple may add one more OEM to Foxconn Electronics as it looks to diversify its partners as it prepares for life after the iPad 2.

According to Arron Lee and Steve Shen from Digitimes (opens in new tab), either Quanta computer or Pegatron Technology could join Apple with the latter being the likeliest candidate due to its existing working relationship with Apple (it already manufactures the forthcoming iPhone 5).

Adding one more OEM means that Apple can reduce risks associated with the production of such products. Digitimes reckons that the explosion back in May 2011 that affected Apple's iPad 2 production was the main reason behind the company's decision to add a second contractor.

It is not known whether the new OEM will only build the iPad 3 (or as some name it, the iPad 2 plus) or if they will participate in the production of iPad 2 as well.

Sources in Taiwan have confirmed that shipments for the iPad are likely to hit a staggering 13 million units for the third quarter of the year.

The iPad 2 Plus is expected to be slimmer and lighter than the current iPad 2 model with an "upgraded display" and a release date somewhere between the end of the third quarter and next year.

Apple may have had to accelerate its pace because of the forthcoming new generation of Android tablets based on Android Ice Cream Sandwich.

Désiré Athow
Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.