APPLE HAS DELAYED the production of its rumoured iPad Pro tablet, The Wall Street Journal reports, as the firm struggles to keep up with demand for the iPhone 6 Plus.
According to the report, Apple had originally planned to start producing the iPad Pro, which will be the first iPad to feature a larger, 12.9in screen, in December.
However, the WSJ's supply chain sources claim that Apple has been forced to push this back to focus instead on boosting production of the iPhone 6 Plus.
"The top priority for the supply chain is to meet the overwhelming demand for the larger screen iPhones. The output of the 5.5in iPhone 6 Plus remains unsatisfactory," said the source.
"It would be challenging for display makers to split resources and spend a few months to ramp up production for a new larger screen iPad now."
A Foxconn staffer also added weight to the report, remarking: "Everyone is busy with the new iPhones, Foxconn’s bread and butter. Chairman [Terry Gou] has also gone to the Zhengzhou site to monitor the production closely."
While a launch is unlikely to take place any time soon, the WSJ said that it's presently unclear whether Apple will give a nod to the tablet at its event on 16 October, where it is expected to unveil the iPad Air 2, a new iPad Mini and updates to its Mac lineup.
The WSJ report also claims that mass production of a 12in MacBook Air is due to begin in December, which will feature a "higher resolution screen" than the current 11in and 13in models.
Apple has yet to comment on the speculation, and is not likely to do so. µ
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