It seems like we just got done with all of the iPhone 4S/5 gossip, and now we’re already hearing tons of chatter regarding Apple’s next big product release: the iPad 3. It’s to be expected, as Apple’s second-generation tablet is nearing the end of its life cycle.

The latest tidbit comes from DigiTimes, a Taiwanese daily newspaper with a laundry list of supply chain contacts and a history of breaking Apple-related news. The publication is reporting that manufacturers are already receiving parts for the new iPad.

“Meanwhile, Foxconn Electronics will begin to produce the next-generation iPads in January and to ramp up the production volume starting February, according to a Chinese-language Commercial Times report, which quoted Kevin Chang, an analyst of Citigroup Global Markets, as indicating. Production of the new iPads is expected to reach 9.5-9.8 million units in the first quarter of 2012, estimated sources in the supply chain.”

DigiTime’s report puts the iPad 3 release somewhere between February and March. Although Apple’s previous tablets saw March and April releases, we have been hearing rumors lately that its upcoming slate could launch as early as February.

Between growing competition from Samsung and high consumer expectations, Apple has a lot riding on its next tablet. Pundits are expecting the new iPad to contain features like a Retina display, quad-core processor, and even Siri integration.

Expect the next 3 months to be very interesting.

  • 16gb White iPad 2 for sale. lol.

  • Jobran

    and it will run ios 5.0, a 6 months old OS, that will be boring…

    • KewlDewd

      Totally. 6 months is way too long for any one OS to be in existence. That thing was unusable after a 1 month. So old. We should be on iOS 8 by now.

      • Jobran

        springboard hasn’t changed since day 1. and buying a new device with the same old OS is not great! when you buy a device you spend days discovering the new OS.. this is not the case here. you will just sync your old apps to a faster device and maybe SIRI and oh cool siri can open mail now… this is so boring !

  • Anonymous

    Sounds good 🙂 I hope that the A6 will be jailbroken fast.

  • I’ll be waiting & i HOPE…it’ll be LTE Compatible also.

    • There’s not even an A5 jailbreak and it’s been nearly 9 months

  • Thomas Gehman

    It better have a better camera with flash and Siri at least.

  • Painman

    “as Apple’s second-generation tablet is nearing the end of its life cycle.”

    Is that another way of saying ‘out of date’?

  • Probably going to keep my iPad 2 until they at least come up with A5 untethered jailbreak for iOS 5.x. I’m no longer jumping on the early bandwagon. Unless jailbreak community has A6 jailbreaking ready by launch, I doubt I will jump to buy it.

  • Dan

    eh, maybe i’ll get an iPad 4, my iPad 2 works perfectly and I don’t plan to upgrade soon

  • why getting this and hoping and wishing and … to be jailbroken just get an another product !!