Apple has postponed the production of its larger-screened version of the iPad, according to sources who have spoken with Bloomberg under the condition of anonymity. The sources said production of the 12.9-inch-screen iPad, rumored to be the next generation iPad Pro, has been delayed to September. The company had originally planned to release larger iPads for the first quarter of 2015, it was revealed.
Apple to add USB ports, adopt USB 3.0 technology
In another report from the The Wall Street Journal, people with inside knowledge of Apple’s production said the company is planning to add USB ports and considering adopting USB 3.0 technology. The latter is said to have the capacity to transfer data 10 times faster than the usual USB ports, unnamed sources told the publication.
The USB 3.0 technology will be particularly functional for users who need to transfer huge amounts of data, something that Apple’s 9.7-inch iPad and 7.9-inch iPad cannot offer. The sources also said Apple is also keen in adding ports for keyboard and mouse.
“Apple has continued to rework some of the features of the larger iPad. It is now considering the faster technology for data synchronization between the larger iPad and other computing devices,” the sources told WSJ.
“Apple is also working on technology to speed up the iPad charging time, but it remains uncertain if the final design will have these new features,” they added.
WSJ noted that iPad sales continue to decline. Apple sold 21.4 million iPads, as announced in its financial results for its fiscal 2015 first quarter that ended Dec 27, 2014. It was also noted that the figure reported by Apple was 18 percent lower than its reported figure during the same period of 2014.
The record-breaking sales of Apple’s larger-screen iPhones have been eating big percentage of iPad sales, WSJ noted. The publication cited a report from IDC saying that Apple’s slice of the global tablet market had decreased to 28.1 percent in the fourth quarter. However, Peter King of Strategy Analytics told WSJ that the rumored iPad Pro will be a positive driver for Apple to enter the enterprise market.