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The Next-generation iPad Air Could See Limited Initial Supply, Says Analyst

RaduTyrsina

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Tomorrow is the big day when the newest iPads are going to be unveiled. And besides the launch of the new iPads, Apple is also expected to release a highly-anticipated 27-inch iMac with Retina quality display that will ship before the end of 2014.

As for the next-generation iPad Air, it seems that it could see limited initial supply, according to KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. He believes Apple will introduce the long-awaited high-resolution iMac alongside a next-generation iPad Air, and he sees the 21-inch version of the iMac debuting in the second half of 2015.

He believes the new iPad Air will be the start of the show, but production issues could be a hindrance for a massive launch. To blame are the poor yield rates associated with the tablet's anti-reflective screen coating. This has delayed manufacturing, decreasing shipments to between 7 and 9 million units, which is much lower than the 12 million amount last year.

The iPad mini with Retina display is said to receive minor improvements as Apple is focusing on a rumored 12.9-inch model to be released in early 2015.

Kuo also said that he does not expect Apple to ship any new MacBook products in 2014, potentially caused by chip shipment delays from Intel.

Source; KGI
 

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How long before they are in the stores?

We don't know for sure and won't know until after Apple's announcement tomorrow. However, given past history with Apple releases, I would expect the iPads to be available around then end of next week (near October 24th).

But don't hold me to that! Again, we'll know all tomorrow...

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Pre-orders begin Oct the 17th. That would be tomorrow.

I missed the actual shipping date. Perhaps someone else caught that. Expect them to go on back order within hours of the initial release. They always do.
 

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