Apple sources recently reported that the release date of its largest iPad, which was expected to be released this spring, was pushed back due to a supply shortage and last-minute tweaks.
Apple’s bigger iPad with a 12.9-inch display screen is set to boost the already fading iPad sales in September mainly because there weren’t enough display screens in stock to be used in the new tablet computers.
According to people familiar with the issue, Apple planned on giving the green light to production this quarter but the supply shortage came in. The company gets its screens from LG Display, Japan Display and Sharp, among others.
The announcement about the delayed release date was made March 4. On the same day, other sources disclosed that Apple needed more time to ponder over the possibilities of including several enhanced features in the new devices such as USB 3.0 ports and a system to facilitate data backup for users. Older versions of iPads didn’t have USB ports.
But the 12.9-inch iPads have been already affected by another delay. In October, Apple decided to postpone the production of its iPads because its partners were to busy manufacturing iPhone6 and iPhone 6 Plus at that date. And they had a lot to do since iPhone 6 was the best-selling Apple smartphone ever, with 10 million pieces sold in no more than three days.
The initial plan was to start the production of 12.9-ich iPads in December 2014, but it had to be delayed until the first quarter of next year.
Bigger-screen iPads are designated for corporate use so Apple hopes for a big hit after its stalling iPad sales. In July 2014, Apple teamed up with IBM in an attempt to combine the two companies’ products and services into better devices. IBM will offer its expertise in global sales and support, while Apple will bring its new iPads in a joint attempt to attract new customers, especially from the corporate world.
In November, Apple launched the Entreprise version of AppleCare a tech support hotline for business IT users. But the news about a larger iPad designed for business partners have been around since August 2014 when suppliers were building up stocks of raw materials for the incoming production of the devices.
Older iPad models were not larger than 9.7 inch, includingwhile smallest Apple tablet was iPad mini with a 7.9-inch display screen.
Due to the popularity of larger-screen smartphones, the tablet sales went drastically down worldwide. In the first quarter of 2014, the sales dropped nearly 36 percent as compared to the previous year’s holiday quarter.
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