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.