Apple’s much-rumored 12.9-inch iPad Pro and next-generation iPad Mini 4 will arrive in the fourth quarter this year. Citing Fubon Bank analyst Liaoxian Yi, Taiwan-based Economic Daily News reports that Apple has decided to delay the iPad Air 3 launch until 2016 to focus on the iPad Pro. Note that the publication has a hit-or-miss track record in predicting Apple product launches.
Apple doesn’t want to distract its suppliers from the iPad Pro
The report claims that iPad Mini 4 will be the last generation of Apple’s 7.9-inch tablet. It makes sense considering the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus could cannibalize the sales of Apple’s small tablets. As for the iPad Pro, the Taiwanese publication says Apple has turned to its reliable suppliers for components. However, Sharp has received a bigger order for LCD panels than Samsung.