Apple has reportedly decided to delay its iPad Pro, the rumored 12.9-inch iPad, until next year. The Wall Street Journal said Thursday that Apple made the decision so that its suppliers could keep focus on its brand new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus production. The device is still expected to launch sometime next year and Apple’s supply partners will reportedly begin to ramp up production of the iPad Pro in December.
“The top priority for the supply chain is to meet the overwhelming demand for the larger screen iPhones,” one source told The Wall Street Journal. “The output of the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus remains unsatisfactory. 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 report from earlier this month suggested that Samsung has been tapped to provide the display panels for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro as well as Apple’s iPad Air 2.
Yesterday, Apple sent out press invites for an event it will host on Oct. 16 where we expect to see the iPad Air 2 and possibly a new iPad mini. The devices are likely to include Touch ID and either an A8 or a newer A8x processor.