Apple s oft rumored large-screened iPad is said to be facing further delays. According to noted KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the 12.9-inch iPad Pro will not be ready until the second quarter of next year, AppleInsider reports. Also Read - Flipkart Big Saving Days 2021 sale: Top deals on mobile phones to look atAlso Read - Top gaming smartphones in August 2021 under Rs 40,000: iQOO 7 Legend, Poco F3 GT and more
According to Kuo, one of the major reasons for the delay is the type of display Apple plans on using on the iPad Pro. The company wants to use an oxide LCD technology for the iPad Pro s display, which is the same as what it is using on the recently launched 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K display. This display technology will ensure higher color saturation, and faster response times. But the issue is with the mass production, which has pushed the launch to the second quarter of next year. Earlier rumors had pegged a launch for Q1, 2015. Also Read - Apple Arcade brings MasterChef: Let’s Cook, “Ad-free” Super Stickman Golf 3 and more
Kuo has a good record when it comes to analysis regarding Apple s products, so this is more than just a rumor. From what we have heard so far, the iPad Pro is said to flaunt a 12.9-inch display, and could be powered by an A8X processor and 2GB of RAM. As for the design, it is likely to take cues from the iPad Air 2, and will be ultra-thin sitting somewhere between iPhone 6 s 6.9mm body and the iPhone 6 Plus 7.1 mm body. It is also likely to feature a pair of stereo speakers and microphones on the top and bottom side of the device.
Additionally, Kuo also claims that shipments for the existing iPad models are likely to fall next year. He claims that in Q1, 2015, iPad shipments will be down to 9.8 million units, which is a near 54 percent drop quarter-over-quarter.
This downward trend was also seen in the previous quarter, wherein Apple shipped 12.3 million iPads, which is a 13 percent decline year-over-year. Apple CEO Tim Cook acknowledged the drop in sales saying, I take a step back on iPad. I know that there s a lot of negative commentary in the market on iPad, but I have a sort of different perspective on it. To me, I view it as a speed bump, not a huge issue, he added. Referring to the lack of growth year-on-year, Cook said, We want to grow, we don t like negative numbers on these things.