Apple is widely expected to launch updated iPads in the near future. A new report, however, claims that the new 10.5-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro may be delayed until May or June because of supply issues with the touchscreen displays.
iPad Reinvents The Tablet
When Steve Jobs presented the first iPad to the world in January 2010, it was evident that the CEO's health was fading. His enthusiasm, however, is also apparent while showing off what would become another game changing device created by his magical imagination.
Just as the iPhone wasn't the first smartphone on the block, the iPad has tablets before it. What made the iPad special were the same ingredients used in the iPhone — sleek attractive design, coupled with an intuitive user experience that allowed anyone that picked up either, to know how to use it.
While iPhone sales remain high and still shattering records, iPad sales continue to decline. Apple is hoping to turn this around with the introduction of new iPads in the coming weeks. The company is believed to be holding an event in March to unveil new iPad Pro models, iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, and 128 GB iPhone SE. A new report, however, claims that the new iPad Pro models could be delayed until May or June.
iPad Pro Models To Be Delayed?
The 12.9-inch iPad Pro and new 10.5-inch iPad Pro are likely to face a delayed release, "Vendors have hoped that at least one of the two large-size tablets, 10.5-inch iPad or the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, will be released in the first quarter of 2017 along with the entry-level 9.7-inch iPad.
However, the sources said that they are now more certain that both of the planned two large-size models will not come until May-June, thereby affecting first-quarter sales of supply chain makers," according to a new report.
Apple is expected to launch two new iPad Pro models, an updated 12.9-inch model to replace the current slate and new 10.5-inch variant that will supposedly replace the current 9.7-inch iPad Pro.
Reports have indicated Apple plans on releasing a more affordable and entry-level 9.7-inch iPad that would replace the iPad Air 2, which has been in short stock heading onto Apple's expected March event.
As always, it's best to take reports of supposed delays of unannounced Apple devices with a huge grain of salt. With March days away, we should begin to hear more concrete details on what Apple has in store for iPad fans in the very near future.
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