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Apple to Produce 2 Million Units of iPad 2 Successor in 2011

Digitimes' who have close links to sources within Apple's supply chain, say that the company has ordered enough key parts and components to build 2 million units (opens in new tab)of the next-generation iPad by the end of 2011.

The article focuses on Apple's intention to bring significant changes to a whole range of devices next year.

An earlier report from the same source claims that the next iPad will not be called 'iPad 3', but will rather be an upgraded iPad 2 which should arrive in Spring 2012, with the highly revamped tablet coming in autumn next year.

For Apple, the third quarter of 2012 could be a busy one, since the Taiwanese site points out that in the second half of next year we will probably be introduced to the next-generation iPhone also. Analysts and users alike had expected to see the unveiling of the iPhone 5 at the last two major Apple events, but will apparently have to wait another year for that to happen.

The MacBook Air and iMac are also rumoured to be getting at least one upgrade next year, the source claims "Apple plans to completely overhaul its product lineups".

Absent from the list is Apple's most expensive creation, the MacPro. A number of tech pundits feel that the MacPro's future is hanging in the balance as the high end desktop is losing market share.

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