12.9-inch iPad Pro production pushed back to September

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The long-rumoured 12.9-inch ‘iPad Pro’ that was expected by many to make an appearance around April is apparently being postponed yet again, according to a new report by Bloomberg. The new release date is said to be around September, right around the time of the iPhone 6s launch.

Rumoured iPad Pro delayed

The reason for the delay is thought to be the result of production problems in manufacturing the larger high-resolution display panel.

The bigger iPad tablet is said to include Apple’s A8X processor, and is already far enough along in terms of the development process that there have been a slew of leaked parts and moulds, manufacturing renders, and even schematics that claim the tablet will in fact use the newer A9 chip (which should be entering production soon). The name has also caused some debate, as if the company adopts the same naming convention as the iPhone, it would likely be called the iPad Air Plus instead.

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Delaying the iPad Pro/Plus to the same time as the new iPhone launch could make a lot of sense, particularly if both will use the same A9 processor or share other features. Apple hasn’t actually released an iPad this early in the year since the iPad 3 launched back in 2012.

The fourth-gen iPad and all models of the iPad Air (as well as every version of the iPad Mini) have been released at the end of each year.

If the rumours are true and there is indeed a larger iPad in the works, then it could help Apple revive slowing tablet sales, and also provide some ammunition against tablets like the Surface Pro 3 from Microsoft, which have been praised for their versatility and ability to truly replace both a tablet and laptop.

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SOURCE: Bloomberg

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