“Apple plans to completely overhaul its product lineups, including iPad, iMac, iPhone and MacBook Air, in 2012 and is expected to finalize order volumes for key parts and components for the next-generation iPad in December, according to sources in the upstream supply chain,” reports DigiTimes.
Apple has also asked makers in the supply chain to develop flat panel modules and LED light bars for two iPad prototypes, codenamed J1 and J2, the sources revealed.
Rumors claim that the J1 and J2 prototypes are forerunners to an iPad 3. However, according to PC Mag, the iPad 3 most likely "won’t be that different from the current iPad." Sources say that the iPad 3 will, if anything, be an "intermediate upgrade" of the current one.
Nevertheless, Digitimes' sources expect the iPad 3 to be in great demand. Inventory of key parts and components for the next-generation iPads will be sufficient enough for the production of two million units by year-end 2011, writes Business Insider.
Can they move two-million units of the new iPad? We may find out very soon.
However, as far as the other iconic Apple product are concerned, we'll have to wait. The next-generation iPhone and iMac are unlikely to be revealed until the second half of 2012, the sources added.