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Apple’s 12.9-inch iPad reportedly won’t launch until late 2014

Published Nov 25th, 2013 10:48AM EST
Apple Larger iPad Release Date Rumor

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It looks like you won’t be able to get Apple’s rumored 12.9-inch iPad until the second half of 2014. Digitimes‘ supply chain sources claim that Apple has started placing orders with supplier Quanta Computer for a larger iPad model that will launch in late 2014 despite earlier reports claiming that the new device would launch in early 2014. Digitimes‘ sources say that Apple is gearing the larger iPad toward education and enterprise markets, although they claim that there will be limited supplies of the device at first because of the engineering challenges Quanta will face in manufacturing the device.

In addition to news about the bigger iPad, Digitimes‘ sources also report that mass production for Apple’s iWatch has been delayed from the first quarter of 2014 until the second quarter of 2014. Apple has apparently tapped Inventec, Quanta and Foxconn as its supply partners for building the iWatch although it hasn’t yet decided how many devices it will order from each supplier.

Brad Reed
Brad Reed Staff Writer

Brad Reed has written about technology for over eight years at and Network World. Prior to that, he wrote freelance stories for political publications such as AlterNet and the American Prospect. He has a Master's Degree in Business and Economics Journalism from Boston University.