Apple is reportedly planning to add a second manufacturer for its next-generation iPad in an attempt to ease supply issues and minimise the risk of missing shipment targets, Digitimes has revealed.

The Cupertino-based company has already partnered with Hon Hai’s Foxconn Electronics but it said to be entertaining offers from Taiwan-based Quanta Computer and Pegatron Technology, with the later said to have already secured orders for the next-generation iPhone, referred to by many as the iPhone 5.

Sources have indicated that because Pegatron already has an outstanding order with Apple, it has a better chance of winning the new iPad contract.

Digitimes has also suggested that Apple will name its new iPad device the ‘iPad 2 plus”, suggesting it will sport an upgraded (HD) display and a thinner profile.

Sources have indicated the device is expected to launch at the end of the third-quarter or early in the fourth quarter, topping 13 million units in the third quarter alone.