The top contenders are said to be Quanta Computer and Pegatron Technology. Pegatron has already received orders for the iPhone 5 and may have a better chance of winning orders for the iPad 3.
Apple previously outsourced the production of iPad-series tablets to only Foxconn, which assembles the tablets mostly at its production base in Chengdu, western China. However, an explosion occurred at a Chengdu factory building on May 20 leaving three dead and 15 injured on May 20. The accident has forced Apple to seek a second contractor in order to minimize production risk.
The new iPad is set to be launched at the end of the third or beginning of the fourth quarter, according to the report.