Rumors about next year’s lineup of Apple hardware have so far been dominated by new form factors. We’ve been talking about a larger iPhone option arriving, the release of an Apple smartwatch, and the production of a jumbo-sized 12.9-inch iPad. While none of these are certainties, we’ve discussed each a number of times, and quite a few details have been sticking around. For a couple of them, though, a new rumor suggests we need to rethink what we’ve been told about Apple’s release ambitions, with word that delays have befallen both the 12.9-inch iPad and the iWatch.
Unlike the rumors we’ve been hearing about an early 2014 12.9-inch iPad launch – March had been mentioned specifically – we could instead find ourselves waiting until the second half of the year. In addition to the later arrival, industry sources claim that production orders may be quite limited, owing to the non-standard size.
What about the iWatch? Word is that low yields during early production runs are causing problems. While before we had been hoping that the iWatch might go up for sale sometime right around mid-year, this new rumor claims that mass production might not even get underway until the second half of 2014, suggesting we might not see a retail launch until August or September.