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.
As per WSJ’s sources, Apple had intended to start the mass production of the iPad Pro in the first quarter of 2015, but decided to push it back due to poor display yields.
The report also claims that Apple is looking to add USB 3.0 ports to the upcoming iPad to provide faster data transfer speed. Apart from providing faster data transfer speeds, the ports will also allow for external keyboards and mouse to be connected seamlessly to the iPad.
“Apple has continued to rework some of the features of the larger iPad. It is now considering the faster technology for data synchronization between the larger iPad and other computing devices,” said the person.
While the presence of a USB 3.0 port on the iPad Pro will definitely be a boon for consumers, Apple integrating it on its upcoming tablet sounds unlikely, especially when you consider the fact that including a USB 3.0 port will make the iPad Pro quite thick.
The report also claims that Apple is working on adding a fast charging technology to speed up the iPad charging time. However, it is unclear at the moment if the Cupertino company will be adding these features to the final version of the tablet.
With the sales of tablets declining, a lot depends on the iPad Pro to boost the sagging sales of the iPad, especially in the enterprise segment where the majority of the tablet growth is expected to come in the foreseeable future.[Via The Wall Street Journal]