While Apple rumors are typically a dime a dozen, one can usually separate the wheat from the chaff when a particular rumor begins sprouting up from a number of different sources.
We saw it last year amid reports that Apple was working on a larger-screened iPhone 6, and we're seeing it again with a steady stream of rumors which claim Apple is working on a larger-screened iPad that many are already calling the iPad Pro.
As we reported last week, the rumored iPad Pro will feature a 12.2-inch display and will come with 2GB of RAM along with the same blazing-fast A8X processor already used in the iPad Air 2.
Apple, according to some sources, was initially hoping to unveil the iPad Pro this past October as part of its overall iPad refresh. That, of course, never came to be, with some reports claiming that Apple moved the release back so that they could focus more resources towards churning out iPhone 6 Plus displays.
Now comes word from the typically reliable Ming-Chi Kuo that mass production on the iPad Pro has been pushed back to the second quarter of 2015.
Apple's 12.9-inch "iPad Pro" may not enter mass production until the second quarter of 2015, according to new predictions from often-reliable KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. He believes that the iPad Pro will use an oxide panel to achieve a "high resolution, quick response, and high color saturation," and that the time needed for component yield and assembly to improve will push back production until 2Q 2015.
With production reportedly pushed back until then, it's entirely possible that the iPad Pro may not see the light of day until sometime next summer. While Apple of course is not one to release a product before every last detail is just right, this can't be good news for the company amid slowing iPad growth. While Apple still manages to sell an impressive number of iPads quarter after quarter, iPad sales growth has been trending downwards for two straight quarters. That said, a new iPad form factor - aside from merely releasing a thinner and faster model - might have injected a bit of fuel into otherwise lackluster growth.
On a related note, Kuo anticipates iPad shipments during Apple's March quarter to check in at 9.8 million units, a huge drop off from the 16.3 million units Apple sold during its 2014 March quarter.