iPhone 5 and iPad 3 To Set For October Launch – Report
Apple reportedly has plans to launch iPhone 5 in September and iPad 3 production in August before landing iPhone 5 to retail store in October, according to the DigiTimes.
The site claims that Taiwan-based companies has begun both the next-generation devices (iPhone 5 and iPad 3) production development process. However, both the idevices will be manufactured in small quantity starting from August and then it will gradually start picking up the volume in September and October.
According to the sources, next-gen iPhone 5′s supply volume is estimated to be around 6-7 million units in the 3rd quarter alongside with the current iPhone 4 shipments with that the total iPhone shipments in the quarter will reach 24-25 million units with volumes to maintain at the same level in the fourth quarter. Apple is expected to ship over 85 million iPhones in 2011.
Apple has also wants to start iPad 3 production lineup in August, including with the total shipments of the iPad 1 and iPad 2 are forecasted to hit 15 million units, so it could be possible that iPad’s supply volume for 2011 will have a good time to break over 40 million units.
Market analysists also said that Apple’s iPhones supply volume will only reach 20 million units in the third quarter and iPad’s supply only take over upto 11-12 million units due to the recent damages at the Foxconn manufacturer in Chengdu, China. The reported also added that the upstream suppliers of Apple has increased the production for the second half so that the company won’t face any difficulty to delay any shipment.