Components roll off assembly line for the next 9.7 inch Apple iPad
Among the suppliers receiving orders from Apple for the iPad Air 2, are touch panel producers TPK and GIS. Meanwhile, non Apple vendors in the supply chain are expecting limited orders as the tablet market continues to be in the doldrums. Some of the problems facing the market are being blamed on the increasingly larger sizes of smartphone screens, and the longer replacement cycle for slates.
While Apple has a media event scheduled for September 9th, Apple's next-gen tablets are expected to sit that one out. Instead, we should see the Apple iPad Air 2 and the third iteration of the Apple iPad mini both introduced next month, at the earliest.