Apple Rumored to Start Next-Gen iPad Production in July and iPad Mini in November
A recently released report from DigiTimes
claims that Apple will begin mass production of the fifth-generation iPad in July or August ahead of a third-quarter launch, while the ramp-up for the next iPad mini has been pushed back to November. Citing sources at Apple’s partner suppliers in Taiwan, DigiTimes
is reporting that the redesigned 9.7-inch iPad will see a production window between the months of July and August with initial shipments reaching 5 million units by the end of September.
The publication noted that Apple’s flagship tablet will see an expected design change with thinner bezels and a slimmer profile bringing it more in line with the current iPad mini. As for the next-generation iPad mini, the sources mentioned that production has been pushed back one month to November, though no reason was given for the delay.
Market watchers speculate that Apple may be staggering the two product introductions as the mini negatively impacted sales of the full-sized iPad last year. Another theory is that the supply chain can’t meet the original build schedule.
With the delay, the total number of iPads shipped during 2013 could be lower than earlier forecasts of 80 to 100 million units, with shipment weighing in at 65% for the 9.7-inch iPad and 35% for the iPad mini. There have been a slew of different rumors regarding the upcoming next-gen iPads though with most pointing to major changes in design for the full-sized iPad and the iPad mini receiving a high-resolution display but we’ll ultimately have to wait and see.