Apple suppliers start production of new iPads

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Mass production of larger 9.7-inch model under way and could be released before the end of Q3, while new version of 7.9-inch iPad mini also enters production

Apple’s suppliers have started manufacturing the company’s next range of iPad tablets, with the larger model possibly being released before the end of next month.

This is according to a report from US news agency Bloomberg, which cited two people close to the matter.

Mass production of the larger iPad with a 9.7-inch screen is reportedly already under way, with a possible release date as early as before the end of Q3.

It will also include an anti-glare coating, said one of the people, which is designed to make the screen easier to read in bright light. However, the model’s output may be restricted due to manufacturing complications relating to this.

A new version of the 7.9-inch iPad mini is also entering production, and is likely to be made available to buy in time for Christmas.

Apple has encountered two consecutive quarterly declines in iPad sales. Reporting its latest financial results last month, the firm revealed it sold 13.3 million iPads between April and June – down nine per cent from a year earlier.

In May, Apple said it sold 16.4 million iPads in the first three months of this year, a fall of 16 per cent from the same quarter a year earlier.

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