Shipments for Apple’s new 10.5-inch iPad Pro have been increasing recently and is expected that this year the Cupertino company might ship 5-6 million units, according to some market watchers. The 10.5-inch iPad Pro began mass production in March-April.
As for Apple’s recently launched inexpensive 9.7-inch iPad, demand for the tablet is expected to pick up strongly starting the end of the second quarter and will reach the peak in the third quarter, increasing the device’s monthly shipments to over four million units in June and July, the market watchers noted.
Apple is also rumored to upgrade its 12.9-inch iPad Pro for 2017, but the product’s mass production schedule is still not clear so far. Some market watchers expect the mass production will begin in June with stable shipments in the third quarter.
Sources from the upstream supply chain noted that Apple’s inexpensive 9.7-inch iPad is expected to accelerate Apple’s pace on phasing out the iPad mini 4 from the market.
However, despite Apple’s new strategy for its product mix, the market watchers still expect Apple’s tablet shipments in 2017 to drop from a year ago.