Apple is apparently looking for a second manufacturer for its next generation iPad to assist Foxconn who is currently the sole manufacturer of iPads. Taiwanese-based manufacturers Quanta Computer and Pegatron Technology are currently the frontrunners according to DigiTimes and its sources.
Sources say Pegatron, which has reportedly won the iPhone 5 manufacturing tenders, is a more likely candidate for the orders. DigiTimes suggests that part of the reason Apple is seeking a second manufacturer is concerns over their reliance on Foxconn which was highlighted in May when one of their factory buildings saw an explosion and led to limited production for a number of days.
According to DigiTimes, the manufacturer chosen could start manufacturing iPads with the launch of a rumoured iPad HD product that some are suggesting will launch this Fall.
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