By Stephen McBride
Large-screen tablet assembly likely delayed until Q2 of next year
Apple will be forced to delay the launch of its 12.9-inch iPad until the second quarter of next year, AppleInsider reported, citing a KGI research note.
The iPad Pro, as it is being provisionally called by some, uses oxide LCD technology for the tablet's display, to deliver sharper touch-UI response and high colour saturation, according to KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.
Because of time constraints on assembly, after the manufacture of 27-inch Retina iMacs, Ming-Chi believes the large-screen tablet will not be volume-ready by Q1.
The KGI analyst also expects last-gen iPad shipment volumes to fall in 2015, with iPad Air 2 and the iPad mini 3 having nothing significantly fresh to offer. In the first quarter, Ming-Chi believes that a drop in sales following the holiday period, coupled with tablet market saturation, will suppress iPad shipments down to 9.8m units, a fall of 54.5 percent, quarter-on-quarter.For all the latest mobile phone news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.