Apple iPad Pro/Plus hits rumored delays, won’t enter production for months

Where the heck is Apple’s new, larger entry into its tablet family, the long-rumored iPad Pro? The supposed 12.9-inch model has been the subject of much discussion for well over a year by this point, but so far it’s failed to materialize. Recent spec leaks and shots of extra-large iPad cases have helped fuel reports that Apple could finally launch the larger iPad sometime this spring, and with an Apple event just days away, it wasn’t crazy to think that some degree of official news could be forthcoming. However, a new rumor now advises us to temper our expectations, and warns that it’s going to be a long time still before the iPad Pro’s ready to see the light of day.

According to sources, while Apple initially planned to start selling the larger iPad before summer, production has now been pushed back, and full-scale manufacturing isn’t expected to get underway until more like September. That might mean that we’d be seeing the tablet debut alongside Apple’s next generation of regular and mini-sized iPads, which tend to launch in October these days.

No further details about the hardware are attached to this report, aside from the return of that 12.9-inch screen-size figure that’s been a part of these rumors from the start. We also don’t get any additional insight into a possible name, leaving the iPad Pro, Plus, or even Air Plus/Pro as the running contenders.

Source: Bloomberg
Via: 9to5 Mac

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