JP Morgan analysts claim that Apple is cutting orders from iPad component suppliers by 25% for the upcoming quarter. The cut could represent a drop from 17 million units produced in the third quarter to 13 million units in the 4th quarter. The reason for the drop in orders is not explained in the report. Apple sold 9.25 million iPads during the 2nd calendar quarter, and only caught up with demand in August, so it may be that Apple overestimated the peak demand. Sales numbers for the current quarter have not yet been reported. There had originally been some speculation that the iPad 3 might launch this fall, but multiple reports have said the iPad 3 will not launch until 2012. Meanwhile, given the poor showing amongst iPad competitors, most expect that the iPad 2 is set to have a "free run" through the 2011 holiday period. The only other major competitor to be launched in this quarter appears to be Amazon who is said to be introducing their own Android-based tablet this week. Article Link: Apple Cuts 4th Quarter iPad Orders by 25%?