10.5- and 12.9-inch iPads may keep us waiting until June

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You'll be waiting for a few months longer for the new high-end iPads.
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Apple is set to launch three new iPads this year, including an entry-level 9.7-inch iPad, 10.5-inch iPad, and upgraded 12.9-inch iPad Pro. However, according to a new report you could be waiting a bit longer than expected for the two larger sizes.

Previously it was suggested that all three would be released in the first quarter of 2017, but it’s now sounding like Apple will hold off until May or June before the 10.5- and 12.9-inch models hit shelves.

No reason is given for the later than expected launch, with DigiTimes‘ report instead focusing on the fact that the decision would have an adverse effect on the revenues of supply chain companies TPK Holding, General Interface Solution, and Foxconn.

During Apple’s most recent, record-breaking earnings call, Tim Cook noted that there had been some supply issues and other problems with the iPad. “We have some exciting things coming on iPad. I still feel very optimistic about where we can take the product,” he said. “The customer satisfaction numbers are through the roof at 99%. I see a lot of good things and hope for better results. We are still currently in a shortage issue now and we’re not projecting to get out of that totally during the next quarter.”

The smaller 9.7-inch iPad is likely to include an A9 processor, while its two larger siblings will boast A10X chips. Despite this, it’s likely that iPad sales will be down again this year: hitting a total of around 40 million units this year.

News of the new iPads arrives at the same time Apple has launched its latest ad campaign for the iPad Pro, once again trying to sell it to users as a PC replacement by focusing on areas like speed, Wi-Fi, productivity and security from viruses.

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