iPad Pro mockup (Martin Hajek 006)

KGI Securities’ Ming-Chi Kuo believes Apple’s rumored 12.9-inch tablet may get pushed back again. In a new note to investors tonight, the oft-accurate analyst said manufacturing issues may delay the so-called ‘iPad Pro,’ which was originally expected to debut this fall, until spring next year.

More specifically, Kuo says he believes Apple will use oxide LCD technology for the device’s high-res display, which will give it quick response times and high color saturation. And due to the time needed for component yield and assembly, the iPad Pro may not enter production until Q2 of 2015.

Additionally, the analyst offers up some grim productions about the current iPad lineup’s Q1 performance. Due to a lack of new applications and market saturation, he sees Apple only selling 9.8 million units during its first calendar quarter of 2015—which would be nearly a 50% drop year-over-year.

That may seem a bit extreme, but I don’t think you can argue that, with smartphones getting larger and current-gen tablets seemingly nearing peak thinness and performance, all manufacturers are facing sales drop-offs. What happens when everyone has a fast, thin tablet? Why will they upgrade?

Apple seems to be betting on new form factor and functionality to fuel its future tablet growth. According to reports thus far, the iPad Pro will feature a much larger 12-inch display and dual stereo speakers. It’s believed the device will be aimed squarely at the Microsoft Surface and similar products.

[MacRumors]

  • Jamessmooth

    I don’t know… I still don’t get why Apple would release an iPad 6-ish months after they refreshed the lineup.

    • Umut Bilgiç

      The new refreshed iPad line is not that significant. They have very subtle upgrades to them either not to cannibalize iPhone sales or not to cannibalize the upcoming crazy iPad they have planned in mind.

      • JayDee917

        The iPad Air 2 upgrades were pretty significant. Added Touch ID, made it thinner, lighter, added gold option, added anti-reflective coating to the screen, brand new processor, doubled the RAM, upgraded cameras front and rear, removed the mute/orientation switch, added NFC chip, added additional microphone, upgraded LTE, and upgraded Wi-Fi capabilities.

        Pretty much upgraded everything. It’s probably the biggest update the iPad has had since they added the Retina display.

      • Umut Bilgiç

        But nothing new.. They just added already existing things to iPad, having gold option, removed switch, upgradedinternals or not features. The iPhone’s already have the touch ID and the upgraded camera. Everything up to this point is just catching up game and small incremental upgrades. The only thing that stands out is the anti reflective coating and the form factor.

  • BoardDWorld

    It probably bends too easily.

    • Jason Baroni

      Stop hating.

      • BoardDWorld

        Funnily enough there’s two recent stories on The Verge, both getting headlined 1 day apart. The First is a Verge writer discovering his 6 Plus had bent under normal use and saying he’s going to keep his replacement in his back pocket from now. The following was a story of anther Verge writing having it stolen from his back pocket…

        You’re literally stuck holding it really, and with that comes a much higher chance of dropping it.

        Now the much larger & thinner iPad Air 2 is super tough, how come they couldn’t make the more premium priced iPhones the same?

      • Jason Baroni

        It has been proved the 6 Plus doesn’t bend this easy. It does, but not how it was shown on video by a vlogger and all the stuff.

        Also, it’s metal. Metal bends with pressure, so one tip you can carry on for the rest of your life is: don’t keep your iPad mini, air or pro in your back pocket.

      • Dude, stop bringing that nonsense “metal bends” excuse. Apple ain’t the only one making thin metal devices. There’s the Oppo Finder (bit ly/1rmQLIO) that’s thinner, also made of metal, yet stronger than the iPhone 6 Plus. Apple just cheaped out and made a flawed device…sadly, they have people like you bending over and accepting it as normal.

      • Jason Baroni

        Man, metal bending is not an excuse, but physics. The guy bent his iPhone on purpose, he won $10k in a day for that FAKE video though Google Ads. 9 people complaining about bending in 7 days doesn’t seem a flaw for blaming Apple’s build quality itself, does it?
        Bending is a problem, ok, it happens, ok, but the way it was introduced in the case of the iPhone 6 Plus was not ethical at all.

      • BoardDWorld

        UnboxTherapy is a trustworthy source, and the complaints prior it blowing up in the media all seemed legitimate. Also a Verge writer has had the same problem as noted. The front pocket is worse than the back at bending.

        I wouldn’t stand it. I would be inspecting my iPhone every week and having it replaced as often as I needed. By the time the new model nears release I would be asking for my money back to get the latest model that has 99.9% likelihood of being built properly.

        The problem as I see it is the glass comes away too easily, when it does it looses all structural integrity. This would explain why the iPad Air has no problem as it’s securely glued in place rather than fastened.

      • Jason Baroni

        Perfect analysis!
        No, UnboxTherapy is not a trustworthy source anymore. They did fake that video, you can notice it by the timing that appears on the iPhone screens. But yes, I read the Verge durability report and I do trust them. Still I didn’t say it doesn’t bend, it really does, but not easier as it seems to be.
        If I had one, I would also check insanely if it was bent or not all the time.

      • BoardDWorld

        Bingo! that’s just it, you shouldn’t have to…

      • Jason Baroni

        It’s just my OCD lol

      • Mohammed

        Unbox Theropy IS NOT a trustworthy source,and neither is the Verge.
        The only one that explained this Problem(yes it’s definitely a problem)the right way ,is MKBHD.

  • Gleesh

    Off topic but just updating, @ar72014 is such a prick. Dude ignores all these kind people who bought his ugly ass theme when they ask for a simple wall. I’m glad his crap gets pirated and will continue to support pirates of lame fusion wack.0

    • Jonathan

      What?

      • Gleesh

        Shut your trap

  • Umut Bilgiç

    Lol it seems like we get the same “production issues, the insertamazingproductnamehere will be delayed” on every single product release.

  • Push it past the Broadwell-U release date, test it out, then release it in the second quarter…sounds like a refrigerator toaster plan.

  • Matt

    They should add features that surface has. Add features that surface does not.

  • Matt Taylor

    I would like to see a higher res oled screen, a faster chip than the A8X with at least 4gb of ram, quad core cpu, new 16 core PVR 7XT gpu, 256gb flash, usb 3.0 port and maybe some kind of magnetic lightning connector! Chuck that all together at 7mm thin with a sturdy (gold option) chassis with all day battery life and front facing stereo speakers and I’m sold! Would pay up to double the price for this than the current line.

  • GuyBey0ndC00L

    iPad needs real time multi tasking and not bigger screens.