Production of Apple’s oft–rumoured large screen iPad is being held up because Chinese suppliers are struggling to meet high demand for the company’s new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus handsets, it has emerged.
Speaking with the Wall Street Journal, sources close to the tech giant's supply chain said production of the so–called iPad Pro, which is due to feature a vast 12.9–inch screen, has been put off until early 2015.
It is not clear whether this will impact on the launch date of the new tablet, which had been mooted for spring next year. Apple had apparently wanted to start production in December.
“It would be challenging for display makers to split resources and spend a few months to ramp up production for a new larger screen iPad now,” said one source.
The iPad Pro has been a subject of debate among Apple-watchers for over a year.
It is thought Apple had scrapped plans to bring the device to market, only to revive them amid falling sales of its tablet range.
CEO Tim Cook has dismissed the drop in iPad demand as a ‘speed bump’.
Apple has already confirmed it sold over 10 million iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus models in its first weekend in stores. The gadget-maker is expected to sell up to 80 million phones in the final quarter of 2014.