Larger 12.9-inch Apple iPad Pro production delayed, owing to iPhone 6 Plus demand

Apple suppliers have delayed the production of a larger iPad to early next year, the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reported, citing people familiar with the matter.

The suppliers had planned to start producing the larger screen tablet in mass volume beginning in December, but have been struggling to produce enough new iPhones to keep up with demand, the WSJ said. According to sources who spoke to the paper, the major demand for iPhone 6 Plus which comes with a 5.5-inch display is quite high and the volumes produced so far have been unsatisfactory.

Foxconn Technology, which assembles iPhones and iPads, has 200,000 workers in China already putting together new iPhones and making items such as metal casings, the Journal said.

Apple is expected to launch the new iPads at an event on October 16. The event invite has already been sent out.

Asian suppliers expect Apple's larger tablet to have a 12.9-inch liquid-crystal-display screen with a resolution similar to the iPad Air launched in October last year, the WSJ said. Apple is struggling as far as sales figures of its 10-inch iPads and 7.9-inch iPad Mini goes. Apple sold close to 13.2 million iPads in Q2 of 2014, which is again less than the 16.3 million sold in Q2 of 2014, and less than the 14.6 million iPads sold in Q3 of 2013. According to Apple’s own data, the iPad saw a negative growth of 9 percent on units and negative growth of 8 percent on revenue, year-on-year. There are even rumours stating that gold would be used as a choice of colour in the upcoming iPads.

Data research firm IDC said in August that it expected tablet sales to slow globally in 2014. Apple was not immediately available for comment.

The company said it sold more than 10 million of its new iPhones in the first weekend they were available in September. Pre-orders have started in India as well. The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus have been listed at Rs 53,500 and Rs 62,500, respectively. The 64GB version of the iPhone 6 is priced at Rs 62,500 and the 128GB version will sell for Rs 71,500. The 64GB version of the larger Apple iPhone 6 Plus is priced at Rs 71,500 and the 128GB variant of the phone will sell for Rs 80,500.

(With inputs from Reuters)

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