iPad Pro production "delayed" because of high iPhone 6 demand

Apple may push back mass production of the iPad Pro after sales for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus were stronger than expected.

The original plan was for production to begin in December, reports the Wall Street Journal (via Reuters), but manufacturers are already struggling to keep up with demand for the new iPhone and these plans may have to be delayed accordingly.

Apple has scheduled an event on 16 October, during which it is expected to unveil the iPad Air 2 and iPad Pro. There are also rumours the event could be used to launch a new gold iPad.

The iPad Pro will be larger than any tablet Apple has previously released, and it seems this may also have contributed to the delay. It will measure in at 12.9-inch, it has been widely reported, with an A8X chip for improved graphics and performance. These specs are in line with what is offered by the iPhone 6.

The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus have been big successes for the company, with more than 10 million devices sold in the three days following its late September launch.

At the time, Apple's chief executive Tim Cook said: "While our team managed the manufacturing ramp better than ever before, we could have sold many more iPhones with greater supply and we are working hard to fill orders as quickly as possible."

Caroline Preece

Caroline has been writing about technology for more than a decade, switching between consumer smart home news and reviews and in-depth B2B industry coverage. In addition to her work for IT Pro and Cloud Pro, she has contributed to a number of titles including Expert Reviews, TechRadar, The Week and many more. She is currently the smart home editor across Future Publishing's homes titles.

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