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iPad 3 rush may be driving overtime at Taiwan suppliers

updated 12:10 pm EST, Fri December 23, 2011

Catcher overtime may be iPad 3 clue

A combination of statements and rumors on Friday has hinted that Apple might be pulling out stops to get the iPad 3 released as soon as possible in 2012. With rumors circulating from Taiwan's Economic Daily News that the iPad 3 was being targeted for a wide window between mid-February and late March, Catcher mentioned that some staff would have to work overtime during the Lunar New Year holiday in and around January 23. Informal sources also had other key iPad suppliers trimming back, with Foxconn (Hon Hai Precision Industry) limiting vacations to five days, battery designer Simplo, camera lens maker Genius, and connection builder Amer all having some staff work through the break.

One rumor had a goal of launching the improved tablet on the late Steve Jobs' birthday, February 24, but this doesn't appear to be more than presumption. Apple has only launched hardware once on February 24, this year's first MacBook Pro refresh, and typically hasn't timed its launches around sentimental points in its history.

As many as four million of the new iPad could be part of the first batch, the contacts asserted. While it can't be corroborated, another recent tip had 9.8 million iPad 3s in the first quarter. Apple typically builds up enough stock to satisfy as much of its expected launch demand as it can manage before shifting to regular supply.

The iPad 3 could be more of a conspicuous improvement than the iPad 2 if it includes the widely rumored 2048x1536 display. An A6 processor would be needed to drive the higher resolution and could be either a fast dual-core or quad-core chip with upgraded graphics to match.



By Electronista Staff
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  1. Feathers

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    Caution

    Given that Research in Motion were the recent victim of "rumours" that were tantamount to being outright lies, is it not time that peddling unsubstantiated drivel should be done with greater caution. It is probably only a matter of time before a major corporation that experiences a share or sales impact from such rumours exercises its right and starts suing. Suggesting the impending release of a notional "iPad 3", that can do little but deter some buyers from an immediate purchase of an iPad 2, is of neither constructive nor journalistic value. Think twice MacNN.

  1. testudo

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    Re: Caution

    What? You want caution? Where was your call to caution for the last 20 years?

    The whole part of rumor and speculation is that it is rumor and speculation. If people are too stupid to realize it is anything but, and decide it's time to buy a company's stock because they read some silliness on the internet, that's their own fault.

    BTW, there have been rumors of an impending iPad 3 since July (or do you not read these things?). In fact, it was one of those high google searches for the year, IIRC. And all this is saying is March. Wow, as opposed to the April everyone is/was expecting. Yes, I'm sure someone was going to get an iPad, because to wait until April was too long. But, wait, it's march now? Oh, then I'll wait.

  1. testudo

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    Re: Caution

    Oh, if there's anything that hurts sales for Apple is their predictable product cycles. As we know, the iPhone 4 was assumed to be coming in June, so everyone planned on that. Not because rumors said so, but because iPhones were always announced in June. When it wasn't released then, it really hurt Apple's sales. But rumor had nothing to do with it. The same will go with the iPad, regardless of such stories as this one. And it goes to all their computers, because they have plans in place and don't 'waste' time selling new computers if it doesn't fit into their cycle. Rarely does Apple up specs, and everyone expects a 9-12 month product cycle for most of their products (which is why the MacPro languishes in sales, it hasn't been updated in over 500 days). And since Apple doesn't update specs or reduce prices, who wants to buy a 9 month old macbook pro for the same price it sold for back when it was 'cutting edge'. So people wait until the new models come out. Because they also know they'll end up stuck spending the same money (since Apple rarely cuts prices, they up specs and 'features') so at least they don't feel cheated.

  1. testudo

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    Re: Caution

    Finally, who would a company sue for spreading rumors? You have to prove malicious intent to the rumor; to make money (such as selling Apple short, spread a rumor that Steve Jobs has died and took all the design ideas for the iPhone 5 with him, and then buying up when the stock tanks) or cause harm to the company for your gain.

    Analysis, speculation, and rumor are always declared as such. And then you've got the whole first amendment thing as well.

    BTW, RIM was hurt more by their own statements than rumors by others.

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