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Apple’s 10.5 & 12.9 Inch iPad Variants Will Arrive In May/June Claim Supply Chain Sources

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Feb 24, 2017
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New year, new gadgets. While it’s the iPhone 8 that is the focus of a majority of rumors so far, Apple’s also got other products in the pipeline. Cupertino will also launch new iPads this year, which will enjoy the full benefits of 10nm. The iPad lineup isn’t seeing much love from the market, as product sales continue to decline year over year. Still, Apple’s got to have a presence in the market and this year, 10nm will also make it to the lineup. We’ve got disappointing news for the lineup today, so take a look below to find out more.

Apple Supply Chain Delays Production Forecasts For The iPad; 10.5 & 12.9 Inch Variants To Arrive In May/June

Over the past couple of weeks, new information has come to light about the iPads. Apple will launch two devices this year, a 10.5 inch and a 12.9 inch iPad Pro. Last year, it was the iPad Pro 9.7 inch that took the spotlight for Cupertino for H1. Apple made a  lot of upgrades on the device, the most impressive of which was a DCI-P3 display gamut. As we predicted at the time, Apple launched the same technology on the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, making for some amazing displays in the limited IPS spectrum.

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Now, this year’s highlight seems to be reserved for the 10.5 inch iPad. It’ll be a new screen category for Apple and will, bring the usual host of upgrades on board. It’ll feature thinner bezels, an improved form factor and the A10X processor. Apple launched the A10 Fusion last year with four cores on board, so it’ll be interesting to see how the company chooses to proceed with the A10X this year.

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However, even though Apple is expected to launch the iPads next month, the devices will not be available for release until May/June. Chinese publication DigiTimes claims to have some information straight from Foxconn, General Interface and TPK holding. According to them, “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.”

So if you’re hoping to get an iPad early this year, you’re in for a bit of disappointment. Apple’s already working very hard on the iPhone 8, so some delays from the company will be natural. We’re just hoping that the company is able to breathe some fresh air in the lineup in 2017. It’s got to do something as the iPad isn’t doing its balance sheet any favors for the past couple of years. Thoughts? Let us know what you think in the comments section below and stay tuned for the latest.

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