Apple's new iPad Pro shipments are already slipping into July due to strong demand and in-part supply restraints
Earlier today we reported on Apple maintaining their lead in tablet sales in Q1 2021 even with supply restraints. Now a new report posted this afternoon claims that the supply chain restraints will affect delivery times for Apple Inc.’s latest high-end iPad Pros. The delay will have iPad shipment slip into into July just hours after going on sale, indicating a combination of strong work-from-home demand and anticipated supply constraints.
Nearly all versions of Apple’s new 12.9-inch iPad Pro models are now seeing delivery estimates ranging from June 24 to July 8 in the U.S., according to checks of Apple’s website by Bloomberg News on Friday. Apple sells the iPad Pro in two colors, five storage capacities, and in versions with just Wi-Fi or Wi-Fi and 5G. The only versions currently arriving sooner are models with 2 terabytes of storage and no 5G.
The 12.9-inch iPad Pro uses a MiniLED screen, which Apple calls the Liquid Retina XDR Display. Bloomberg News reported earlier in April that these screens are more difficult to produce and would likely see supply issues.