Apple to ramp up production of 10.5-inch iPad Pro

Apple could ship 6 million units in 2017. Apple could ship 6 million units in 2017.
Photo: Ste Smith/Cult of Mac

Apple is reportedly planning to increase production of
the new 10.5-inch iPad Pro ahead of its official debut.

The device is
said to have entered mass production back in March or April,
with monthly shipments currently at around 500,000 units.
However, in July, that figure will rise to 600,000.

Apple clearly has high hopes for its next tablet, which is
expected to replace the existing 9.7-inch iPad Pro. Recent
rumors have suggested that the device will remain the same
size, with Apple finally slimming the thickness of its bezels
to accommodate a bigger screen without increasing its
footprint.


The device
will go on sale alongside
the more affordable 9.7-inch iPad
introduced back in March,
and
a refreshed 12.9-inch iPad Pro
with improved specifications
that could make its debut at WWDC next month. The iPad mini is

expected to get the chop
due to disappointing sales.


The increase in production will
allow Apple to ship between 5 million and 6 million units of
the 10.5-inch iPad Pro this year, according to sources
for Digitimes

Demand
for the new 9.7-inch iPad is also expected to “pick up
strongly” around the end of the second quarter, then peak in
the third quarter. This will reportedly increase monthly
shipments of the device to over 4 million units during June and
July.


This,
alongside new iPad Pros, will boost worldwide tablet
shipments for the second quarter, but overall iPad shipments
are still expected to drop year-over-year.




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