Ahead of the expected release of updated iPad Pro models with faster A10X processors, Apple stock of the iPad Pro is depleting, reportedly. The news, as reported by Macrumors, is based on the finding that most of the 12.9-inch iPad Pro models on Apple online store are now ‘estimated to ship in 2-3 weeks in the United States, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, United Kingdom, and elsewhere—that’s up from a shipping estimate of 1-2 weeks as recently as last weekend.’
The device is also largely out of stock at resellers such as Best Buy, AT&T, and Verizon in the United States.
One conclusion to be drawn from the lengthy shipping times is that a product refresh is on the anvil, which certainly is. But in this case, the supply chain could be also to blame.
Macrumor quoted Apple analyst Neil Cybart of Above Avalon as saying that Apple has been experiencing “increasingly noticeable supply chain troubles,” as evidenced by long shipping estimates on products that launched months ago.
The updated iPad Pro – 9.7-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models- should hit the markets by early March while an all-new 10.5-inch iPad Pro with slimmer bezels can be out as early as March or as late as the second half of this year.