Apple’s next-generation iPad tablet will reportedly launch between mid-March and mid-April next year according to a new report. Citing anonymous sources in Apple’s component supply chain, DigiTimes reports that Apple’s iPad 3 will launch in the next three to four months. The sources claim iPad 2 production remains high, likely in the 14 to 15-million unit-range during the fourth quarter this year, but Apple will decrease iPad 2 orders to between 4 and 5 million units in the first quarter of 2012. Foxconn will build between 9.5 and 9.7 million third-generation iPad units in the first quarter according to the report, with production ramping up in February. Read on for more.

Apple’s iPad 3 is expected to be slightly thicker than the second-generation model, seemingly to make room for a high-resolution Retina Display. Earlier reports from an analyst suggested that the iPad 3 would launch in February, but this new report better-aligns with BGR’s exclusive report last week stating that Samsung will unveil a new tablet with a Retina-topping display resolution at Mobile World Congress in February. Samsung is expected to beat Apple’s iPad 3 to market with a launch soon after the new tablet’s unveiling.

Zach Epstein has worked in and around ICT for more than 15 years, first in marketing and business development with two private telcos, then as a writer and editor covering business news, consumer electronics and telecommunications. Zach’s work has been quoted by countless top news publications in the US and around the world. He was also recently named one of the world's top-10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes, as well as one of Inc. Magazine's top-30 Internet of Things experts.