Looks like you may not be getting a gigantic iPad in your stocking after all this year, not that it would have fit.
According to a report in the Wall Street Journal on Thursday, Apple’s suppliers are struggling to keep up with demand for the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Which is good news considering the iPhone accounts for the bulk of Apple’s revenues and profits.
However, that demand means suppliers don’t have the capacity to build the (rumored) larger iPad that will reportedly have a 12.9-inch screen. That compares to the 9.7 inch screen on the iPad Air released last year.
Last month, Apple sold more than 10 million new iPhones on the first weekend. And now the company is getting ready for them to go on sale in China on Oct. 17. Pre-orders in China have reportedly topped 4 million.
While the iPhone demand is strong, Apple had also likely been counting on updated versions of its iPads to goose sales. While sales of new iPads tend to be strong around the introduction of new versions, they’ve been falling off more quickly in recent quarters.
The company now counts, more than ever, on the new versions to spur sales of its iPads.