Apple’s New iPads May Not Arrive Until the Second Half of 2017

A trio of new iPads that KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicted for this year may not launch until the second half of 2017, according to supply chain reports cited by trade publication DigiTimes. The new 9.7, 10.5 and 12.9-inch iPads won’t launch before summer because they’re still in the planning stage.

The refreshed 9.7-inch model is expected to enter mass production in the first quarter while volume production of the other two models should kick off in the second quarter of this year. For what it’s worth, DigiTimes said in December 2016 that lower-than-expected yield rates for TSMC’s 10-nanometer process technology could disrupt planned March 2017 debut of new iPads.
“However, these tablets may not be announced or even released in the market until the second half of 2017, the sources said.”
In other words, the 10.5-inch iPad would allow two full-sized windows to be displayed side-by-side in iOS’s Split View multitasking mode. DigiTimes’ report corroborates Kuo’s prediction for three new iPads this year.


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