According to a report published this morning by DigiTimes, Apple’s suppliers are being told to start preparing materials in order to initiate production of two of their most popular products — the iPhone, and the iPad.

While it’s obvious that after breaking their normal summer release schedule we’ll see a new iPhone this fall, the iPad 3 news is interesting to say the least.

Another interesting point of note included in the report, is that Apple will only release one new iPhone instead of the rumored two….

The sources pointed out that Apple only plans to launch one model of the new iPhone, while iPad 3 has just recently been added to the production schedule with both set to be produced in small volumes in August and the volume will start picking up in September and October.

The report also notes that the actual launch of the devices will be October, instead of the rumored September launch date.

This could be true if Apple wants to retain the focus on the iPod lineup for its annual music event, otherwise an iPhone announcement at the event would surely overshadow a new iPod launch.

To me, an October launch somewhat makes sense, but it’s hard to imagine Apple having an event in September, and then turning around and having another back-to-back.

As far as the iPad 3 is concerned, some are speculating that Apple will release it early in an effort to fend off increasing competition. To that I say, what competition?

What do you think about all of the iPhone and iPad rumors? Do you think we’ll see both released this fall?

[DigiTimes via MacStories]

  • Funked

    I hope we see a new iPhone / iPod soon, but as for the iPad 3 – I’d be pissed if it comes out this year. I just spent £400 on an iPad 2. If I knew a new model with possible retina display etc was coming a few months later, there’s no way I would of bought an iPad 2. I’ll be making a complaint to Apple if this rumour is true.

    • Yeah, but you will be able to get a good premium on your iPad 2 if you jump on it before the iPad 3 release.

    • Ken

      I agree with u

  • c0edx

    I’ll be pissed too if they put out a iPad 3 this year with a retina display. I wonder if I take it in because my screen bleeds will they give me a iPad 3.

    • Justin

      It bleeds? That’s gross! Burn it, it’s haunted.

  • I’m a fag

  • Lol i would be pissed too, but to be honest here i still dont think ipad 3 would be launched early… Atleast not to fend of competition, if competition seems a problem to apple why didnt they release iphone 5 earlier as im pretty sure ip4 specs are nothing compared to the high-end android phones

  • babeh

    in september/october there are several tablet using more powerful dual core 1.2Ghz and 1.5Ghz and more powerful GPU: Nvidia Kal-el and PowerVr sg544, that will powerful than A5 ipad2 now [underclocked 1Ghz + PowerVr sg543mp2]. I dont think so apple want stay down.

    nvidia tegra 2 tablet sucks hard in 3D.