Massive Demand For iPhone 6 Plus Delays iPad Pro Production
It seems that Apple is having some supply chain problems particularly with its high resolution display used for its iPhone 6 Plus. A recent report said that because of the tremendously big order quantity for the bigger iPhone, Apple’s suppliers can hardly cope with the demand for the Retina displays thus leaving Apple with no choice but to push back the production of its hotly rumored 12.9-inch iPad Pro until next year.
Apple’s new premier handsets, the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus are flying off the resellers’ shelves, both online and offline, in all the countries where the iconic iDevices are currently available. Some users who have placed their orders for the new iPhones have to wait between 7 to 14 days before they can get their hands on their precious gadgets. Now, as the devices are also expected to launch in China and in India where the demand for the iPhones are extremely great, further stock unavailability could mar the otherwise skyrocketing figures that the devices have brought into Apple’s coffers.
Quoting an anonymous Apple supplier familiar with the company’s production:
“The top priority for the supply chain is to meet the overwhelming demand for the larger screen iPhones. The output of the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus remains unsatisfactory. It would be challenging for display makers to split resources and spend a few months to ramp up production for a new larger screen iPad now.”
To compensate for the unexpected iPhone 6 Plus demand surge, Apple is said to have shifted its production schedule and allotted more workers to make the bigger 5.5-inch device. Meanwhile, Apple’s manufacturing partner FoxConn had been rumored to be in a hiring spree to get more production workers in order to meet the Cupertino firm’s requirement. With this development, it would be unwise for Apple to contemplate another production shift to start a on a new product when there are still tons of iPhone 6 Plus orders unserved.
Apple had recently been in the news as rumors said the company is planning to unleash not one but two variants of the biggest iPad: one, running its latest mobile operating system, iOS 8.0, and another one installed with either OS X Yosemite or a hybrid of the two operating systems.
Production of the 12.9-inch iPad Pro had been speculated to begin in December of this year together with the 12-inch Retina iMac but with the present situation as it is, expectant users of the bigger iPad Pro will have to patiently wait until Apple decides the perfect time for its next baby to come out.