Although recent reports have indicated that Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) will introduce the iPad 5 sometime in April, there is a new report that the company will begin production for the next iPad generation in late July or early August.

This report comes from DigiTimes and their source is a Taiwan supply chain makers.

Apple iPad 5

This particular rumor echoes previous rumors about the new design. The iPad 5 is expected to be lighter and thinner than the previous generation. It’s also predicted to have a slim bezel design like the iPad Mini.

The tablet reportedly will have a display from LG and Sharp Corporation (PINK:SHCAY) (TYO:6753), it could also have touch panels designed by TPK.

iMore’s Rene Ritchie originally predicted an April release for the iPad. He also claimed that an iPad event may also be in the works if Apple was ready to introduce their new tablet.

Like the iPhone, there is a lot of anticipation for the iPad. With all that anticipation comes rumors and there has been a lot of rumors regarding the upcoming iPad 5. There were initial reports that the device would launch sometime in October.

Last year Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) introduced two tablets including the iPad 3 and the iPad 4 about seven months from each other. The former was released in March and the latter was released in October. Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) also released the iPad Mini, the budget-friendly alternative to the iPad.

The iPad 3 featured Retina Display whereas the iPad 4 brought even more advancements such as a FaceTime HD camera, lightening connector, A6X, and CPU.

Even though the iPad is a huge seller and a significant money-maker for Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL), there is some concern that the iPad Mini is outselling the larger tablet. Perhaps this is an immediate concern for Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) as they try to figure out what to do next to ensure that the iPad and iPad Mini sell.