Apple’s rumored top of the range tablet, the iPad Pro, may only be mass produced in the second quarter of 2015, according to KGI Securities analyst, Ming-Chi Kuo.
A lot of hype and rumors have surrounded the iPad Pro, primarily because it is the first performance-intensive tablet to be made by Apple. It is rumored to have a large 12.2-inch to 12.9-inch display, larger even than the 9.7-inch iPad Air. Kuo believes that the display will feature an oxide panel to achieve a vibrant, high resolution display with quick response. It will also feature the new A8X processor seen in the iPad Air 2, along with a similar 7mm form factor.
The iPad Pro was initially expected to be released early in 2015 but a Wall Street Journal report in October (via Macrumors.com) suggested that Apple will delay its mass production plans past December this year to focus on the production of more iPhone 6 Plus units. Kuo goes on to make a grim forecast on iPad sales next year. He expects sales to drop 54.5% quarter over quarter, adding up to only 9.8 million units. It is no secret that Apple’s tablet lineup has not been selling well in recent times, with sales dwindling from 16.35 million in the first quarter of 2014 to 12.3 million units in the fourth quarter of that year.
Apple CEO Tim Cook however remains optimistic on the future of the iPad. He claims that the drop in sales are just a minor ‘speed bump’ and hopes to bring ‘significant innovation’ to the series to breath new life into it. The culmination of this innovation is of course the iPad Pro, with its larger display and rumored new features including the much anticipated split-screen multitasking feature.
The future of Apple tablets seem to be rather bleak given their sales in the 2014, but perhaps Apple will be able to get back on track with some fresh and innovative ideas that they can incorporate into the iPad Pro.