Supply Chain Reports 10.5-inch iPad Pro Production Started Ahead of Intended Period

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Mar 14, 2017
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The 10.5-inch iPad Pro is going to be a completely new step for Apple in the world of powerful high-end tablets. And with a rumor suggesting that the company might announce its high-end iOS slate family next week, the tech giant has quite a tiny deadline to meet, according to sources close to the matter.

Supply Chain Sources Report That 10.5-inch iPad Pro Was Originally Planned for Production Between the May-June Period

Thanks to the new rumor stating that the new iPad Pro family is going to be announced next week, supply chains have reported that Apple has taken 10 steps forward for the production of the 10.5-inch iPad Pro. Where DigiTimes reports that the original production period was between the April and May timeline, sources close to this info have stated that Apple will start production during this month, possibly to meet the expected demand for these tablets.

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According to the source, shipments of the 10.5-inch iPad Pro are likely to reach one million units during the month of March, after which that tally could rise up to 1.2 million units a month starting from the second quarter of this year. As for the 9.7-inch iPad Pro, shipment volumes are likely to reach 3-4 million units in the first quarter and grow significantly starting from the second quarter.

Unfortunately, the production schedule for the largest iPad Pro model is unclear. All iPad Pro models are expected to come with an upgraded Apple Pencil as well as a keyboard accessory. With 10nm FinFET chips being produced, it is more than possible that Apple introduces its A10X that’s been fabricated on the aforementioned lithography.

For the 10.5-inch iPad Pro, DigiTimes states that the slate is going to be targeted to the education and business sector since the larger screen estate will be beneficial for several types of users. In addition, the fluidity of Apple’s iOS ecosystem will come in extremely handy when the user wants to seamlessly shift from multiple applications to media consumption.

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Which iPad Pro model are you most excited for? As a personal preference, a 12.9-inch iPad Pro is absurdly large, so my eyes are set on the 10.5-inch version.

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