12" iPad Pro might enter mass production in Q2, due to display shortages
Rumors that the eventual 12.9" iPad Pro is facing delays from its predicted early 2015 production schedule might turn out to be true, after all. Apple is expected to announce a tablet with a much larger display diagonal to combat the slew of thin and light touchscreen convertibles that will flood the market this holiday season thanks to Intel introducing its first fanless Core M processor line that allowed for some incredible designs from OEM manufacturers.
The iPad is predominantly geared for web and media consumption, while the Windows convertibles add some heavier tasks to the mix, and Apple is apparently planning to augment that with a big-screen iPad, eventually geared both for work and play. However, renowned Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo from KGI Securities is now chiming in that the mass production of the iPad Pro has been moved to the second quarter of next year, due to potential yield issues with the high-res, saturated oxide display that Apple will be equipping it with.
The latest specs rumors are that the iPad Pro will sport the same fast A8X processor as the iPad Air 2, have a very high resolution display, and a slim 7mm form factor plus extra speakers. All of this sounds pretty cool, but if Apple does the usual spring tablet announcement for it, the iPad Pro might face a limited launch, with only a gradual production ramp.