IPad 3, iPad HD, iPad 2 Plus, call it what you will, but rumor has it that Apple is gearing up for a third or fourth quarter release of a new generation of iPads and they need all the extra help they can get. According to DigiTimes, Apple is looking for a second iPad manufacturer in the wake of the deadly Foxconn Electronics explosion that occurred on May 20 of this year.
DigiTimes’ sources noted that Petagron Technology, who reportedly won the iPhone 5 bid, is the likely candidate to pick up the slack for Foxconn, but Taiwan-based Quanta Computers is also rumored to be in the running. Either manufacturing plant, or even both would benefit iPad production overall. Since the release of the second generation model, the device has had trouble staying on shelves. With the purported release of a variation on the iPad 2 set to come out this fall, additional manufacturing manpower would likely help to keep piranhas from hogging up all the goodies and selling them for twice their going rate for the first five months of the release.
DigiTimes also reported that the rumored new model iPad will be called iPad Plus and will be thinner and support a higher resolution display screen. The new model is expected to have a 2048 x 1536 Retina Display.