The likelihood of the so-called “iPad Pro” being announced at next Monday’s Spring Forward event is even slimmer than we thought previously. However, a report from The Wall Street Journal hints that we might see the long-awaited 12-inch MacBook Air announced at the event.
A recent report from Bloomberg suggests that the 12.9-inch iPad is now scheduled to start production in September or later because of delays in obtaining the display panels required for the device. People familiar with Apple’s plans say that the larger iPad was supposed to start production this quarter, but the display panels won’t be available until later in the year.
The iPad Pro is expected sometime this year as part of Apple’s attempt to bolster declining tablet sales. Sales of the iPad product line have declined for four straight quarters. The big-screen tablet could reinvigorate the iPad sales.
On the other hand, we are seeing reports that indicate the 12-inch MacBook Air could come earlier than expected. The Wall Street Journal states that “suppliers are gearing up to ship the new 12-inch MacBook Air in large quantities in the second quarter.”
These are rumored developments, obviously, but the WSJ has an excellent track record for having accurate information. Of course, it is also possible that the supply chain sources for the 12-inch MacBook Air are guessing early, as they often do.
We will keep you updated with the latest developments as they come to light. Remember to watch our live coverage of the Spring Forward event on Monday.