Apple places cautious orders for 12.9-inch ‘iPad Pro’; low initial supply expected for late-2015 launch

“Apple’s upstream supply chain is expected to start supplying components for the upcoming 12.9-inch iPad in late-September and the device is expected to become available in the market after mid-November,” Monica Chen and Joseph Tsai report for DigiTimes.

“However, Apple is rather cautious about placing related orders and the initial shipment volume is much lower than most market watchers’ expectations, according to sources from the upstream supply chain,” Chen and Tsai report. “The tablet will be manufactured by Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry), the sources noted.”

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  1. Dying for an iPad Pro so I can read piano sheet music off of it more easily. Don’t know about other uses, but that’s the killer size for sheet music.

  2. WTF is a “cautious order”. What Apple was doing is ordering whatever the supplier was able to ship. More like “initial orders” pending manufacturer ramp.

  3. After the iPhone and the 🍎WATCH, I’ve learned not to naysay other’s predictions, but this time I think I must sound the voice of reason. iPad Pro is an oxymoron. OS X on an iPad will not make it Pro. ARM processors are not Pro. USB C? Storage? Add a third party keyboard and your iPad Pro will weigh more than an Air, but underperform it considerably.

    I’d be happy to be wrong, but this rumor is backed up by nothing factual, so talking about it as if it’s a done deal is not keeping your stick on the ice – another hockey metaphor from the great Canadian game. Skate to where the puck is going to be, but keep your damn stick on the ice boys and girls!


  4. I think the Pro is a bit of a chicken and egg situation, not unlike the watch in some ways. You need the product to make new developments in the OS especially useful and its not worth developing the OS into more business useful or power user areas without a bigger iPad to exploit them. This is the sort of product that will probably become more and more useful over time as the OS becomes much more competitive against a fully fledged MacOS or the two simply merge but that is some time in the future. But then you need a puck to hit there before you can move to where the puck is actually going.

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