A device we know nothing about is being pushed back from a timeframe that was nebulous to begin with. According to professional predictor, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the iPad Pro is being pushed back from early 2015 to Q2 2015, conflicting from earlier Bloomberg and Wall Street Journal reports. The problem, Kuo says, is the time needed to produce an oxide panel with a high resolution, quick response and high color saturation is proving more difficult than Apple initially thought.
We’ve heard a few different sources say a few different things about Apple’s supposed pro iPad model. While most reports have agreed the device will sport a 12.9-inch screen, a recent rumor claimed it’ll actually be a bit smaller than that at 12.2 inches; not a huge difference, and still in the 12-inch range. That seems a little too large for a tablet, but we’ll wait to actually see the device in action before making any judgements. For now, we’re still trying to sift through the rumors.
In addition to saying the iPad Pro won’t be here anytime soon, Kuo also predicts Apple will sell even less iPads this upcoming quarter—as much as 50-percent quarter over quarter in the first calendar quarter of 2015.
“We believe that, in a major shift, while Apple (US) used to be able to use new form factor designs to boost demand, it has failed to do so this time around,” Kuo said. “The lighter and thinner iPad Air 2 will face strong headwinds in increasing sales in 1Q15, we believe; we also hold that this means that iPad, along with the entire tablet market, is faced with structural challenges characterized by a lack of new applications and market saturation. We don’t think these challenges will be easily overcome by upgraded specs, new form factor designs or lower prices.”
Apple’s iPad sales have been in decline for a while now, and although the iPad Air 2 is the best iPad the company has put out, Kuo’s outlook looks grim. Maybe that’s why the iPad Pro is on the way, whenever that may be.