It looks like the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 will launch on October 16, so now we’re pointing our interrogatrix machines at the iPad Pro and demanding: “What about you, big man?”
One particular report says that while iPad Pro production was pencilled in for late 2014, it’ll now be early 2015. Blame the iPhone 6.
The Wall Street Journal credits “people familiar with the matter” when it says Apple has “pushed back plans” for the iPad Pro.
The problem is that the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus have proved insanely popular. We thought Tim Cook was being modest when he said consumer response had “exceeded our expectations”, but maybe not.
Indeed, unnamed sources at Foxconn have revealed that iPhone 6 output - the larger 5.5in model in particular - is currently at unacceptably low levels, so the notion of turning attention to an all-new iPad is just beyond silly.
“The top priority for the supply chain is to meet the overwhelming demand for the larger screen iPhones. The output of the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus remains unsatisfactory,” says Anonymous Joe/Jane.
“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.”
A further source adds: “Everyone is busy with the new iPhones, Foxconn’s bread and butter. Chairman (Terry Gou) has also gone to the Zhengzhou site to monitor the production closely.”
Ah well, we’ve been talking about a larger iPad for years now. A few extra months won’t make much difference.
The iPad Pro will supposedly land with a colossal 12.9in display and a focus on the enterprise and education markets. Split-screen multitasking is a definite maybe.