Apple will not start mass producing its much–mooted iPad Pro tablet until the second quarter of 2015, further delaying the release of the device. That’s the word from analyst Ming Chi Kuo, a man known for his strong connections in the company’s supply chain.
Kuo’s claims put paid to the idea of an early 2015 release for the oversized iPad, with Apple now seemingly more likely to reveal the new tablet during the summer.
Recent rumours have claimed that the iPad Pro will feature a 12.2–inch screen and dual mic and speaker functionality. Kuo says the use of an oxide panel is the reason production has been held up, with Apple looking to improve yield before producing products in high quantities.
Low yields of sapphire displays saw Apple change its plans for the screen of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus at the last minute, forcing screen maker GT Advanced to seek bankruptcy protection.
Some gossip has claimed that Apple is looking to replace its iPad mini range with the larger iPad Pro. Word is that sales of the smaller slate are stalling, reflected in a wider decline in iPad numbers throughout 2014.
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