10.5-inch iPad Pro Production Being Increased Ahead of Rumored Launch


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With rumors about Apple possibly launching the 10.5-inch iPad Pro at WWDC next month, DigiTimes reports that the production of the tablet has increased which suggests a launch is on the horizon.

While the report does not explicitly state that Apple will launch the 10.5-inch iPad Pro at WWDC, the report does claim that the monthly shipment of the tablet is expected to increase to 600,000 units in July, up from the existing 500,000 units. This will help push the tablet’s shipment to upwards of five million units in 2017.

Apple has not announced a new hardware at WWDC since a few years now, so it’s unlikely that we will see the company unveil the 10.5-inch iPad Pro at its developer conference this year. However, it is plausible that we will see the Cupertino company debut the new bezel-less iPad alongside the iPhone 8 in September this year.

The report also states that Apple will be updating the 12.9-inch iPad Pro this year, though its mass production cycle is still unclear which makes it difficult to estimate as to when the tablet will be formally launched. It’s likely that we will see Apple upgrade the 12.9-inch iPad Pro later this year after it has launched the iPhone 8.

As for Apple’s recently launched 9.7-inch iPad for $329, it is expected that its demand will pick up from the end of second quarter and reach its peak in the third quarter. The launch of this budget tablet will also help Apple in quickly phasing out the iPad mini 4 from its lineup.

Despite these new launches, analysts still expect Apple’s overall iPad shipment to decline from a year ago.

[Via DigiTimes]

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