Apple Cuts iPad Process: iPad 2 Tides Over For iPad 3

When Apple’s iPad tablet released last year, it started the ball rolling for many other manufacturers. Since its arrival, the slate has been consumed by many users with other makes such as Samsung, Motorola, HTC, HP, BlackBerry and so on all trying to get a piece of the action.

Things were to get even tougher when Apple decided to bring out a new generation, the iPad 2 back in March of this year. Despite efforts to equal or better the specifications, nobody it seems has been able to get close. News is now turning towards yet another iPad destined to release in 2012, with what is rumored to be a high resolution Retina display and A6 processor.

Today according to Slashgear via Bloomberg, news has suggested that Apple will in fact be downsizing their iPad production numbers by 25% in Q4 of this year, allowing the current iPad 2 stock to last out until the iPad 3 moves in. Reported by analysts at JPMorgan Chase & Co, Apple have enough iPad 2 units to go around until the next generation releases.

Units therefore, could drop in numbers from some 17 million in Q3 to 13 million in Q4. If there is any substance to today’s news, then according to macworld.co.uk, the price for the iPad 2 may subsequently drop. Digitimes have been keen to report that retailers and manufacturers of other smartphone and tablet brands, are putting all their efforts into selling entry and what they class as mid-level devices, as these appear stronger in developing markets than in markets that have perhaps reached full natural growth.

This is something that we will have to keep an eye on and report back to you, should any further information come to light. In an updated piece of news from AppleInsider earlier this evening, analyst Gene Munster with Piper Jaffray said that he stuck by his iPad 2 forecast for the September quarter at 10 million iPad sold units, with an increase during the Christmas season in December rising to 12 million. In turn Apple would then reap the benefits from its previous record of 9.25 million units.

Tell us where you stand with the Apple iPad tablets? Did you upgrade to an iPad 2 in March, do you see any point to having an iPad 3 or is there a time when manufacturers need to stop?