Taiwanese supply chain sources have allegedly confirmed the recent report from KGI Securities analyst Ming Chi Kuo that Apple is going to begin producing the 12.9-inch iPad next month onwards.
According to the report published by Digitimes, the iPad Pro will enter production by the end of the third quarter and go into mass production by the fourth quarter of this year. Japanese firm Sharp is expected to be the main display supplier for the product. The secondary display supplier will be Samsung Display.
As far as the touch panels go, GIS is expected to the main supplier for the iPad Pro, while TPK will be the secondary supplier. By 2016, sources believe TPK’s share will decrease while GIS is expected to begin supplying a larger portion of iPad and iPad mini touch panel orders.
For 2015, sources estimate Apple will ship between 4 to 5 million units of the iPad Pro, mainly due to its late release in the fourth quarter of the year.