Those who?ve been waiting for the new models of iPad are in for a disappointment. A report claims that the Apple?iPad 2017 release date will be delayed due to a supply chain issue. Because of this, production may take longer, and the new models may come out in March 2017.
DigiTimes was the first to report about the Apple?iPad 2017 release date delay. It can be recalled that Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) will be the one to make Apple?s A10X chips for the new iPads. However, according to the publication, the March release schedule may not be followed due to the unsatisfactory yield rates for the company?s 10nm process.
From 16nm to 10nm
Apple?s devices currently have A10 chips which were produced via the 16-nanometer process. For the new-gen iPads, Apple is aiming to have the 10-nanometer chips as they will reportedly make the devices more efficient. The said chips are also ideal for the new models as it will provide a smoother and faster experience.
With the current problem on low yields, 9 to 5 mac believes that TMSC will prioritize Apple over its other clients since the company is its highest-profile customer. Apparently, other companies that ordered 10nm chips from TMSC are Apple, HiSilicon, and MediaTek.
New iPad Specs
Nothing has been confirmed yet about the new iPad models? specs. However, various reports suggest that there will be new sizes of the devices. It has been reported many times that there will be a new 10.5-inch iPad. Reports claim that these are intended for the enterprise and education sectors. This does not mean though that the 9.7-inch model would scrapped. It would only be ?pushed downmarket,? as the new 10.5-inch line will be the Pro model along with the 12.9 iPad.
The news about the Apple?iPad 2017 release date delay remains to be speculations at this point, however. We have to wait for Apple to officially announce the release dates for its new iPad models.