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iPad Air 2 Production Delays Could Make the Tablet Scarce at Launch

Popular Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is back with another set of predictions this morning covering everything he believes the company is set to announce at tomorrow’s big event. In an investor’s note obtained by AppleInsider the KGI analyst discusses the iPad Air 2, the third-generation iPad mini and the long-rumored Retina iMac.

If you’ve been holding out for the iPad Air 2 we may have some bad news to share. According to Kuo, the device could be extremely scarce at launch due to a production issue over new anti-reflective coating Apple allegedly plans to include with the device. The company is expected to ship between 7 million and 9 million units at launch this year, compared to 12 million in 2013 when the iPad Air made its debut. Meanwhile, the iPad mini 3 may not see much of an upgrade, though rumor has it Apple will add Touch ID to both devices.

As for the Retina iMac, Kuo believes that at least one high-resolution desktop computer will be announced at tomorrow’s event. He claims Apple is set to unveil a 27-inch model, but notes that a smaller 21-inch Retina iMac probably won’t be released until later in 2015. The issue again comes down to production constraints, which make it difficult to manufacture two different high-definition display sizes at once.

That’s about it for new Apple hardware in 2014, though we’re also expecting the company to announce availability for OS X Yosemite and maybe even the Apple Pay launch date. If you were hoping for an upgraded MacBook Air or a new Apple TV you’ll have to wait until at least next year. In the meantime, we’ll be covering tomorrow’s event from all angles, so be sure to check back then for all your Apple news.

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Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...

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