In addition to Foxconn, Apple is said to be planning to add another manufacturer for its iPad 3 launch this year, reported DigiTimes.

The potential candidates for the job are Taiwan-based Quanta Computer and Petagron Technology, according to industry sources in Taiwan. The sources indicated Petagron as more likely to win the bid because it has already landed iPhone 5 orders from Apple.

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After an explosion on May 20 at Foxconn's Chengdu, China factory that left three dead and 15 injured, Apple was forced to minimize production risk by seeking a second contractor.

One report from last week suggested the new iPad might feature a double-resolution screen of 2048*1536 pixels, making the device a so-called iPad HD. A separate report from last week referred to such a device as an iPad 2 Plus. It claimed that overseas component makers have already received requests-for-quotes from  Apple for a new high-end iPad model with a greater pixel density display.

The new iPad is also expected to be thinner and lighter.

The new iPads will be launched either at the end of Q3 or early in Q4 this year, said the sources.The sources also estimated that total shipments of iPad tablets are expected to top 13 million units in Q3.