There’s no end to the rumors surrounding iPad 3 and iPhone 5. DigiTimes, the source that has brought us news from China and Taiwan based suppliers often enough, reports that Apple’s component manufacturers are ramping up production for the possible release of iPhone 5 and iPad 3 sometime August to October.
Component makers – Apple’s long time supplier Foxconn Electronics, Simplo Technologies and Dynapack International Technology, TPK Holding and Wintek, Catcher, and Largan Precision are all going to contribute to the shipments of supposedly 6-7 million iPhone 5 units in Q3, along with iPhone 4 units and the iPad 3.
According to sources, iPad 3 will release next month in a small lot followed by a larger release in September. Shipments will touch 15 million units, including iPad 2 devices. By the end of 2011, Apple is expected to ship 40 million iPad series products. They also predict that iPhone 5 will be announced in September and released in October.
The sources go on to claim that the third gen iPad will be even lighter and thinner than its predecessor, featuring a screen with 250dpi. There will be only one iPhone 5 release (no iPhone 4GS) with dual CDMA/GSM compatibility, larger Retina display (3.7inch), NFC technology, and improved camera with dual LED (presumably with Sony, OmniVision, or Largan Precision’s 8mp CMOS image sensor).
We’ll only know for sure when Apple makes an official announcement. While an announcement of iPhone 5 sounds good, news of an iPad 3 releasing so soon after the iPad 2 doesn’t sound too probable. It would be a good time of course with holiday season in full force but will it be prudent? As we said, only Apple can confirm this news and that it will never do.