Apple is slowing down iPad 2 production, gearing up for the iPad 3

Apple is slowing down iPad 2 production, gearing up for the iPad 3
Apple is purportedly slowing down iPad 2 production with 9.7-inch display shipment orders decreasing in the fourth quarter. Samsung, LG Display and Chimei Innolux have all received less orders from Cupertino in the last trimester, according to a DigiTimes report.

The slowdown could be due to Apple already having a surplus which it can rely on and could also be related to the upcoming production of the next-generation iPad. Samsung and sharp have reportedly already started shipping displays for what's expected to be the iPad 3 in October. Wintek and TPK Holding making touch panels for the next iPad, are expected to start shipping them in the November-December timeframe.

The iPad continues dominating the tablet market, which was recently confirmed by Android tablet sales numbers, which were poor in contrast with Apple's tablet. In Q3 alone, Cupertino sold some 11 million tablets, and the number is expected to grow to 15 or 16 million this quarter, which is traditionally the year's strongest as Holiday season shopping kicks in.

source: DigiTimes

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24 Comments

1. Muhannad

Posts: 455; Member since: Sep 20, 2011

I love the iPad 2 but I don't think it was ever worth buying, actually no tablet is worth buying right now. They all have terrible pixel densities! (iPad 1 & 2 = 132ppi) I hope the iPad 3 has a Retina Display.

6. JeffdaBeat unregistered

I don't know. I think Amazon has the right idea. $200 for a tablet is about where the price should be. And it's about damn time. There is no reason that Apple should have a cheaper tab than other people...but that was the case for a very long time.

2. Alantef

Posts: 288; Member since: Sep 14, 2011

didn't the ipad 2 just come out or am i going crazy? (by just came out meaning the last 6 months)

4. JayLeBlanc

Posts: 33; Member since: May 16, 2011

The iPad 2 was released over 8 months ago, on March 11th.

3. JayLeBlanc

Posts: 33; Member since: May 16, 2011

The iPad 2 was released over 8 months ago, on March 11th.

5. JayLeBlanc

Posts: 33; Member since: May 16, 2011

Weird, I can't delete my own comments?

7. deago78

Posts: 170; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

Cake Boner. Penguin.

8. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

and thats how it will remain for quite some time now.... dont see any tablet in a close distance.....

9. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

No there's only one tablet right now. It's just like the iPod market. Only reason android is doing well in smartphone market is iPhone wasn't on all carriers and subsidies.

10. audiblenarcotic

Posts: 114; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

I think there are many other reasons that Andriod is doing well and you seem to be discounting the actual usefullness of not only the OS but the devices that it runs on. Apple is not the end all be all of electronic manufacturers. Some people like what Andriod has to offer.

14. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

Very few people actually like android as can be seen by their dismal dust sat ratings.

16. audiblenarcotic

Posts: 114; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

With 54% market share on smart devices I dont exactly see how you can say that very few people like android. I cant argue that Apple currently dominates the market on tablet devices but with the new kindle and the more android devices come out they are bound to lose atleast some of the share in the tablet market. I have also read this website long enough to know that you will never post anything from a non bias standpoint.

19. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

thats probably true. I have a feeling that the ipad3 might be coming out soon so they can start hitting ipads at different price points (and probably sizes ) in response to android chomping 30% of the market share in 8 months. Unless they do something drastic with the OS though, i still think W8 is going to be the eventual tablet leader (unless MS messes up as well). Apple is dominant now, but the tablet market is just an infant. There is still plenty of room for everyone to grow and plenty of time for the leadership to change hands a few times.

11. HTCiscool

Posts: 449; Member since: Jul 16, 2011

I probably won't get it It'll have Siri Quad core A6 chip Slightly better, sharper screen Slightly faster Nothing revolutionary.

13. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

I wish they'd put Siri on my iPad 2

21. stealthd unregistered

If they really do the "retina" display, it's not going to be a "slightly" better screen, it's going to be dramatically better.

22. Abdul92

Posts: 43; Member since: Aug 23, 2011

??? How many products have Siri, or a Quadcore processor?

24. SuperEd

Posts: 132; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

I agree. I won't get it either. The current PC dominant OS will be hitting the market hard with Win8. Cupertino is just waiting in the wings. ever hear of the story of the tortois and the hare. In this example, Cupertino will end up being the hare. Late!

12. DROIDX0430

Posts: 469; Member since: Nov 24, 2010

Apple fans thought only Android devices followed this fast path---Ipad 1,2 and 3 all in 2 years....

15. iwebdroidberry7

Posts: 230; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

Are you stupid?

17. DROIDX0430

Posts: 469; Member since: Nov 24, 2010

And really not different in specs either--so in two years since the ipad 1 came out--Jan 2010--they only added a camera...I would bet the Ipad3 only comes with Siri.......and the whole crowd will roar----Wow-------and go camp out in front of stores awaiting it's arrival..

23. Abdul92

Posts: 43; Member since: Aug 23, 2011

Don't betcha lunch money...

18. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

Yes he is iweb

20. jamrockjones

Posts: 345; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

It\'ll be a tiny bit thinner and everyone with the iPad 2 will sell theirs for hundreds less than they bought them so they can get \"best iPad yet\" just like the iPhone 4S was practically the same phone yet it sold millions. But..... it did open up to some new carriers which I\'m sure helped a lot.

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