Corroborating Bloomberg’s report from earlier today, The Wall Street Journal says that Apple has indeed told its suppliers to start the production of the ‘iPad Pro‘ a.k.a an iPad with a screen larger than 9.7-inches for the second half of this year.
It has been widely speculated that Apple will launch a 12.9-inch iPad unofficially dubbed “iPad Pro”. KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has a good track record when it comes to Apple related rumors, now predicts that the mass production of iPad Pro may not start until the second quarter of 2015.
Following a rumor in late September that claimed the so-called “iPad Pro” could have a more powerful Apple A8X chip under the hood, Taiwan-based DigiTimes reports on Wednesday that Taiwanese Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) will be tasked with production of the next-generation processor for the oft-rumored 12.9-inch tablet.
KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has issued a new research note in which he predicts that Apple will unveil both the iPad Air 2 and iMac with Retina display at its October 16 event tomorrow. iPad Air 2 supplies could be limited, however, while the first Retina-equipped iMacs will only be available in 27-inch models that ship by the end of this year.
Apple is holding a media event this Thursday, where the company is expected to unveil a new iPad Air and iPad mini. The devices will be available for sale starting Friday, October 24 according to a new MacRumors report.