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As millions of consumers line up outside of Apple's retail stores around the world this weekend to purchase the iPhone 4S, the rumor mill that feeds speculation over the company's next big product release is already churning forward. Next up is the iPad 3, which is expected to be released early next year.
The next iteration of Apple's hot-selling tablet is reportedly entering production, according to one analyst. Supply chain clues point to total of 600,000 iPad builds before the end of the year. Presumably, Apple will unveil the new device at some point in the first half of 2012. In the meantime, we can realistically expect endless speculation, leaked details and graphical mock-ups.