Apple rumored to play it safe with initial orders for upcoming 12.9-inch iPad Pro

Apple rumored to play it safe with initial orders for upcoming 12.9-inch iPad Pro
According to unnamed upstream supply chain sources quoted by Taiwanese publication Digitimes, Apple is planning to play it safe with the upcoming 12.9-inch Apple iPad. 

Allegedly, Apple intends to produce the new iPad format in limited quantities, and has placed orders for a volume that is much lower than what most market watchers currently expect. Unfortunately, a more precise number was not given. 

If rumors are anything to go by, Apple has considered making a larger version of the iPad since way back in 2013, but never materialized on its plans due to worries of poor market demand. According to this new report, Apple's supply chain will start mass-manufacturing the new iPad in late September, for an estimated mid-November launch. 

Recent rumors and leaks suggest that the new iPad, expected to be called the iPad Pro or iPad Plus, will try to compete against the similarly-sized Microsoft Surface 3 Pro in the productivity market. Other rumored specs and features include a 2,048 by 2,732 display with the same PPI as the iPad Air 2, a stylus and pressure-sensitive (Force Touch) touchscreen, USB 3.1 with Type-C connector, and a beefed-up chipset with all the RAM you can possibly need on iOS. Naturally, since most of these alleged specs don't come with any sort of evidence to support them, they should be considered with a hefty dose of skepticism. 

According to reports, the tablet market has started and will continue to plateau. Apparently, the rise to popularity of large-screened smartphones is one key factor, while another is said to be represented by the long life/replacement cycle of the tablet. This is why, despite making what seems to be its meanest and baddest iPad yet, Apple is said to be cautious with initial shipments. As most Apple Watch owners experienced first hand this past Spring, this wouldn't be the first time this year that Apple has been cautious when placing orders for an off-beat device.

source: Digitimes

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20 Comments

1. noler

Posts: 326; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

Surface 3 Pro is killing the iPad's. Lumia 940 with Continuum can kill the iPhone?

6. SIGPRO

Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Indeed the Surface Pro 3 is the best tablet on the market!

10. bucky

Posts: 3785; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Do you mean in sales or in capabilities? Capabilities yes (but then the macbooks are killing the surface pros) but if you mean sales, I find that hard to believe.

14. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

But the Surface isn't a laptop, so comparing it to a Macbook is just as dumb for you to do it, equally as much as when Microsoft did it. But I would say, it blows the Macbook Air out the water and sales don't always denote what is better. You iFans love to mention sales. if sales is your only metric for whats best, than you're already a loss cause.

19. 87186

Posts: 312; Member since: Aug 01, 2014

...mac books aren't killing SP3 in sales. Apple in general doesn't kill the computer market. they have very little share. their niche is the mobile market, and they realized that back in 2007.

11. waddup121 unregistered

uh oh

2. dimas

Posts: 3364; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Because tablet sales are dying. Apple or not, they're gonna feel the hurt because some people don't buy tablet unless it's broken or 2 years obsolete.

3. xnga123

Posts: 51; Member since: Dec 05, 2014

i think apple has a huge loyal fan base who are always waiting to buy any new product that apple launches

4. Jamoga

Posts: 187; Member since: Dec 17, 2014

hopefully it comes out this year, time for some competition in large tablet segment.

8. brrunopt

Posts: 742; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

if it comes with iOS wont really be any competition...

5. SIGPRO

Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Apple added usb port to the iPad and calls it iPad Pro........EPIC FAIL!

9. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

And a stylus.

15. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

They were the same people nobody wants to use a stylus.

21. darkkjedii

Posts: 31055; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

They didn't say that, Steve Jobs did. He's dead now, and times have changed. Stop using dumb statements dude.

17. adecvat

Posts: 640; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

Stupid. Apple always using lightning not usb.

12. gaming64 unregistered

I have no intention in buying an enlarged iOS on an iPad with USB and a stylus. Heck it doesn't even have its own file manager or even nothing worthy enough to call it a powerhouse.

13. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Asdk Samsung, no one really wants a 12: tablet. I did get the Note Pro 12 and I like it for what I bought it for, which is to do lots of drawings and sketches. But the Note Pro makes this a blast with my Bamboo Wacom Digitized pwn and allows for very detail art. The iPad with its none digitized display, just doesn't support such equally. If Apple added the Wacon layer, it would then be close to being worth the cost. For me the iPad is an overpriced iPod Touch

16. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

IMO, the iPad 12" doesn't compete against the Surface because the Surface is a Windows PC. Even the latest Surface 3 is more powerful than an iPad, again because it runs a full version of Windows. Office Mobile is nice on all tablets now, but it still isn't Office on a Windows PC. What happens when I plug any printer in the USB Port on the iPad? Will I be able to use it? What about external storage formatted in NTFS? Sure, it will work with wireless keyboards and mice, but what about scanners? Suppose I dont want to use WiFi, can I plug a USB to RJ45 adapter maybe because their is no wifi only a wired connection? Oh and what about powerful desktop alls like Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Lightroom and similar applications? Can the iPad handle that on an ARM CPU? Even the Intel ATOM is more powerful vs an ARM chipset. Intel graphics are better too. There their is price. It seems the i3 and 15 versiosn of the Surface has the most sales. I want the i7 model, but $1900 and it doesnt even have a didicated graphics solution is simply to pricy. Hwoever, the low cost of $499 for the Surface 3 and up to $799 for an i5 Pro, I don't see Apple being apple to compete here. The iPad starts at 499, but ends up at over $900 for the 9.7" model So unless they plan a huge price drop, the 12" will sure be well over $1000 for a 128GB model. The Note Pro was $749 and people claimed that was pricy, yet the iPad Pro will cost more and still do less than the Note Pro. The Note pro which is basically a 12" Note 3, still has 3GB of RAM, a 8MP camera w/Flash and resolution is 2560x1600. Tho they both have 2k resolution, the Note is better do to using AMOLED. I am sure it will win with battery rundown tests. The Note Pro offers 4 way split-view and has the SPen which is a huge plus. Its not worth $749, but they can be purchased for as low as $550 which is the perfect price. Don't compare the iPad to the Surface unless it runs OS X.

18. adecvat

Posts: 640; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

USB cables in 2015? Meh. I'm using iPad with Canon software to print and scan on my pixma wirelessly. Photoshop on 12" screen? LoL.

20. 87186

Posts: 312; Member since: Aug 01, 2014

yea usb cables. you know, that same cable you use to charge your iPad and most likely any other mobile device. dont try to make USB cables seem archaic, for the sake of debate.

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