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Uh-Oh! Apple’s New Giant iPad Has Been Delayed



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Back in August, rumors arose that Apple was set to begin production on its largest iPad ever. The company was originally expected to start manufacturing this new 12.9-inch iPad in early 2015. Then, plans were apparently bumped up with production set to start before the end of this year.

Well now, it appears the company is going back to its original plan.

The Wall Street Journal quotes sources close to the production process and says the reason for this latest change in plans is simple. The demand caused by the iPhone 6 Plus, the company’s largest smartphone to date, is taking priority.

In fact, so huge is the demand for the new phone, the Chinese factory in charge of assembling it is having a hard time finding enough workers to keep up, reports suggest. With that same facility likely in charge of putting together the new iPad too, the delay may be easier to understand.

Meanwhile, Apple has been mum on news about a 12.9-inch iPad so far. It’s unclear whether an Oct. 16 Apple event could be to unveil plans for the new iPad or to announce some other upcoming Apple device.

Details on the new giant iPad are scant at the moment. But the device would be larger than the new full-size, 9.7-inch iPad expected to be available to consumers in time for the holiday shopping season. A new version of the iPad mini is expected out around the same time.

The new giant iPad tablet may be another attempt to recapture some of the company’s lost share in the mobile market. In 2012, 53 percent of mobile devices were running on Apple’s operating system. But in 2013, Apple only enjoyed a 36 percent market share in the mobile device market.

By comparison, sixty-two percent of mobile devices were running Android operating systems last year.

Business Insider also reports Apple could be set to unveil a tablet/laptop hybrid to address the growing popularity of these convertible devices. At the same time, the site admits such a  move might be difficult given the company’s open criticism up to this point of Microsoft’s Surface tablets.

iPad Photo via Shutterstock

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Joshua Sophy Joshua Sophy is the Assistant Editor for Small Business Trends and the Head of Content Partnerships. A journalist with 20 years of experience in traditional and online media, Joshua got his start in the rough and tumble newspaper business of Pennsylvania's coal region. He is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and was a beat reporter covering daily news. He eventually founded his own local newspaper, the Pottsville Free Press, covering his hometown. Joshua supervises the day-to-day operations of Small Business Trends' busy editorial department including the editorial calendar and outgoing assignments.

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  1. What are the chances that if demand persists for the iPhone 6 Plus, Apple will really be able to start manufacturing the giant iPad early next year?

  2. So the new trend on Apple is sending products with bigger screens. What happened to innovation? It seems like they are creating copies of existing gadgets.

    • I’m wondering where Apple will go once they’ve gone as large as they can practically go with an iPad in terms of size. Maybe the next trend will be round-shaped iPads. Might sound ridiculous, but hey.

    • It’s true Aira. Apple hasn’t been very innovative since the death of Steve Jobs, they’ve been much more “safe” and incremental with their product development. The iPad line has particularly stagnated and a bigger screen is about the only incremental change left now that they’re super thin and powerful.

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