iPad Pro concept from Curved
A new report from Bloomberg citing unnamed sources claims Apple “will delay the start of manufacturing for a larger-screened version of the tablet”. The reason for the delay is said to be linked to a display supply issue:
Production of the 12.9-inch-screen iPad is now scheduled to start around September because of delays involving the supply of display panels, said one of the people, who asked not to be identified because the details aren’t public. Apple had initially planned to begin making the larger version this quarter, people familiar those plans had said.
The publication last August reported Apple would start manufacturing of its larger 12.9-inch iPad in the first quarter of this year, but this report changes the supposed timeline. The Wall Street Journal last year similarly reported mass production of the 12.9-inch iPad was postponed until early 2015 due to heavy iPhone 6 demand taking up supply chain capacity.
Connected Apple watching Ming-Chi Kuo from KGI Securities predicted last fall a Q2 2015 production date for the larger iPad, while more recently he noted the 12.9-inch dubbed ‘iPad Pro’ could come with—a stylus (Steve Jobs would not approve).
Considering Apple usually debuts new iPads in the fall, production starting later this year doesn’t surprise anyone. Just don’t expect one to debut at next week’s expected Apple Watch special event, which is what Bloomberg is trying to say.