Apple iPad Pro, iPad Air hit by production delays ahead of anticipated May debut: report


Apple is rumored to launch new iPad Pro and iPad Air models in the coming weeks, but a new report suggests that the tech giant's supply chain is affected by repeated delays, which may impact the launch timeline of the upcoming devices. Can affect. An earlier report suggested that the new iPad Pro may be equipped with an M3 chipset and will have thinner bezels. Apple is also expected to launch a new iPad Air with a 12.9-inch display and M2 chipset.

According to a report from DigiTimes Asia (via MacRumors), mass production of camera lenses for upcoming iPad models has been “repeatedly postponed.” The report, citing Taiwanese suppliers as a source, highlighted that this could cause minimal delays. However, it is also being said that the “production launch” could happen in May. It's not certain what a production launch means, but separate reports have suggested that Apple's iPad lineup could be introduced as early as May.

Bloomberg's Mark Gurman recently suggested that the next-generation iPad Pro and iPad Air models could arrive as early as May, revising his earlier speculation that the products could be unveiled in March or early April May go. Citing people familiar with the matter, Gurman said the delay was due to the device's software not being finished. Additionally, “complex manufacturing techniques” for the new displays for the devices were also cited as the reason for the delay.

Bloomberg's report also states that four new iPad Pro variants may be introduced this year. The models, all codenamed J717, J718, J720 and J721, are rumored to feature new OLED displays, M3 chipset, a new rear camera module, a landscape-oriented front camera, and support for MagSafe wireless charging.

Additionally, the Pro model may also have thinner bezels, a thinner body and will be available in “shiny and matte screen versions.” The 11-inch variant is likely to have 7.12 mm thick bezels, while the 12.9-inch variant may come with 7.08 mm thick bezels.

The iPad Air model, on the other hand, is powered by the M2 chipset and includes a landscape-oriented front camera. However, the biggest upgrade is said to be the first 12.9-inch model of the iPad Air series.

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