The rumor mill is back in business. Now that rumors of an iPhone 5 have been crushed by the actuality of an addendum to the iPhone 4 instead, it is time to focus on Apple’s next release, the iPad 3.
This time, as reported by AllThingsD, production has begun. Susquehanna financial analyst Jeff Fidacaro told AllThingsD that, after a supply chain check, it looks like Apple is increasing its fourth-quarter iPad builds by as much as one million units. The increase is speculated to be caused by an early iPad 3 production run.
According to Fidacaro, “Since our last month supply chain checks we are now seeing 600,000 to one million iPad 3 builds showing up on the plan for the fourth quarter of calendar 2011. Our previous estimate did not include any iPad 3s.”
Fidacaro also told AllThingsD that he believes Apple shipped 11.5 million iPads in the third quarter and will likely ship 13 million in the fourth.
After the slightly disappointing revelation that we would not be getting an iPhone 5 any time soon, I wonder if Apple will pull the same stunt on us with the next generation iPad? Will rumors of an iPad 2.5 become our bitter reality?