Now that the iPhone 4S has released, the rumourmill can start to focus on the next batch of yet to be announced Apple products, and that means the Apple iPad 3.

According to Susquehanna Financial analyst Jeff Fidacaro the iPad 3 has gone into production reports All Things Digital (the tech arm of the Wall Street Journal).

"Since our last month supply chain checks we are now seeing 600,000 to one million iPad 3 builds showing up on the plan for the fourth quarter of calendar 2011," Fidacaro told AllThingsD. "Our previous estimate did not include any iPad 3s."

Apple released the iPad 2 in March 2011 in the US and around the world, so it figures that Apple is likely to do the same again for a 2012 iPad 3 launch.

If that is the case, that gives Apple just 6 months to make as many as possible.

Apple sold over 1 million iPad 2 in the first weekend on sale in the US and has continued to sell around 100,000 iPad 2s a day.

Apple’s mobile division continues to grow in popularity. Its iPhone 4S smartphone racked up over 1 million sales before it even hit the shelves.

Check out all the latest iPad 3 news via Pocket-lint's dedicated iPad 3 homepage. 

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