Estimated 2 million iPads of new design to be built by year's end

DigiTimes continues to share rumors of new iPads coming in March of next year, and says that in order to meet demand, Apple will start stockpiling as many as 2 million units by the end of this year. Apparently, there are two designs in the works, code-named J1 and J2. Both have a higher resolution than the iPad 2, as well as different specs and sizes. Since things are still at an early stage, apparently Apple hasn't yet decided which model will be released. It likely depends on availablility of components, production costs, and market. As usual, DigiTimes is sourcing the info to Asian suppliers.

The post says that pilot production of the next iPad has already begun, and that production is set to start soon on the next iPhone, which is expected to be available next June. AppleInsider also has a summary of these recent rumors. Whatever the final details turn out to be, I think the bottom line is that we'll see a new iPad next March with a higher resolution screen.

What's interesting about all this is that it shows how the process of creating a new device unfolds. Some of it is trial and error — building proof devices to Apple's specs, seeing if they work as expected, then seeing if mass production is feasible. And testing competing models along the way to get a sense for which will work out better. 

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Jim Karpen

Jim Karpen holds a Ph.D. in literature and writing, and has a love of gizmos. His doctoral dissertation focused on the revolutionary consequences of digital technologies and anticipated some of the developments taking place in the industry today. Jim has been writing about the Internet and technology since 1994 and has been using Apple's visionary products for decades.