The chatter is heating up again, this time it’s DigiTimes claiming that supply partners are delivering components to OEMs for assembly of Apple’s next generation iPad. Production orders of Apple’s iPad 2 are starting to slow, which also points to a somewhat immanent refresh:
OEM production of iPad 2 will remain high at 14-15 million units in the fourth quarter of 2011 but decline to 4-5 million units in the first quarter of 2012, paving the way for the launch of the new iPads, the sources noted.
So what’s Apple’s Next-Gen iPad going to have? Rumors point to a A-6 processor (possible quad-core) – Retina display similar to the iphone 4/4S (sharp built) – Better batter life – Possibly a slightly thicker design. Besides those goodies, the rumor mill has been chatting about those specs only, so if Apple has any other upgrades, we’ll have to wait. If you’re in the market for a tablet and can wait a couple of months, best wait.