With a number of reports swirling around regarding Apple releasing two new iPad models this year, we now receive word via Digitimes that Apple is looking to add a second contractor to help with iPad 3 production. In addition to Foxconn, which currently handles Apple’s iPad manufacturing demands, Apple is reportedly looking to supplement their services with either Quanta Computer or Pegatron Technology.
Apple previously outsourced the production of iPad-series tablets to only Foxconn, which assembles the tablets mostly at its production base in Chengdu, western China. However, an explosion occurred at a Chengdu factory building on May 20 leaving three dead and 15 injured on May 20. The accident has forced Apple to seek a second contractor in order to minimize production risk.
Remember that it was just a week ago that reports surfaced indicating that component makers will begin supplying iPad 3 parts in August and that total iPad supply for 2011 may very well pass the 40 million unit mark. The most recent rumblings suggest that new iPads may hit store shelves at the end of September or early October.
Also of note is that the next-gen iPad is rumored to include a 250dpi screen which would double the current resolution of both the iPad 1 and 2.