According to the Taiwanese news agency DigiTimes, tech giant Apple, Inc. (NYSE : AAPL) will be releasing its much - awaited next generation of iPad in the next three to four months.
DigiTimes reported that their sources from the Apple's supply chain said that the production for the iPad 3 ramped up and the production of current generation of iPad decreased. Specifically, the source of the news agency confirmed that OEM production of the iPad 2 will remain high, producing 14 to 15 million units by the fourth quarter of 2011 but will drastically decline to 4 to 5 million units on the first quarter of 2012 to pave the way for the new iPad.
The production of the new iPad 3 is expected to reach up to 9.5 to 9.8 million units in the first quarter of 2012. The new iPad will be equipped with Retina Display and is expected to have its launch on March or April based on Apple's yearly product cycle. Looking back the first iPad went on sale in the United States on April 3, 2010. The iPad 2 became available on March 11, 2011.
Another rumor is that the Cupertino - based company will launch the next generation of iPhone and iPad next year.
According to Nikkei Business,Japanese carrier NTT DoCoMo said that the company will be offering the new iOS devices next year. The Japanese network came to an agreement with the Cupertino - based company that it will launch the iPad 4G LTE in summer and iPhone 4G LTE in fall.
NTT DoCoMo is the predominant mobile phone company in Japan and holds more than 50 percent of the market. Nikkei Business reported that the upcoming iPad 3 and iPhone 5 both with LTE will be the new offerings of the company for 2012.
The news agency added that Apple CEO Tim Cook met with NTT DoCoMo president Kiyoyuki Tsujimura and VP Takashi Yamada earlier this month to work out the details of the arrangement, and the companies have reportedly reached agreeable terms.
It was reported that the two companies have been already in discussions before. However, according to the rumors, the Japanese mobile company was not too happy with the terms set by Apple with regards to the demand on the units as well as the refusal of Apple to allow mobile carriers to install their own apps on the iOS device.
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