Apple Lines Up iPad 3 Suppliers As It Prepares To Face Growing Competition [Report]

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The staggering success of Apple’s iPad has inevitably spawned a myriad of wannabe devices from a large number of electronics manufacturers. While many of these tablets are yet to really compete with Apple’s tablet, the Cupertino company is still preparing itself for a worthy adversary by “adjusting the cost structure” of the iPad 3.

According to a new report from DigiTimes citing industry sources, Apple has lined up a number of Taiwan-based suppliers for integrated circuits for the iPad 3, which will ensure the device can compete with the growing competition during the second half of this year:

Apple is now more willing to adopt IC solutions from Taiwan-based IC design houses as it is adjusting the cost structure for iPad tablets in order to compete with an array of tablet PCs to be launched by rivals in the second half of 2011, commented the sources.

Whether the use of integrated circuits will mean cheaper iPads or just better specifications for our money is unclear at this point, but I’d like to think it’s a little bit of both.

Recent speculation surrounding Apple’s iPad 3 has been conflicting, with some reports claiming an iPad aimed at professionals will launch later this year with a high-resolution screen, and others suggesting a third device won’t launch until 2012.