On Wednesday, a pair of reports fueled expectations that Apple could release a 12.9-inch tablet later this year. Now a new rumor suggests production on the iPad Pro could kick off soon, though the device won’t arrive until the fourth quarter of the year.
According to DigiTimes, Apple recently picked Sharp to supply the displays for its iPad Pro. Foxconn will take care of the touch modules, lamination and assembly, according to the site’s anonymous sources. Samsung and Taiwan-based firm TPK could also provide some hardware as well to fill in the gaps.
The report adds that production will start by the end of Q3 2015, but won’t kick into high gear until Q4. Apple is apparently set to ship 4 to 5 million iPad Pro tablets this year, suggesting the company has pretty high hopes for the 12.9-inch slate.
Beyond its 12.9-inch display, Apple is also expected to offer a stylus to go with the new tablet. According to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo the new stylus could ship as an optional accessory and offer Force Touch support. The device was also recently spotted in the wild by analytics firm Appsee with a resolution of 2,048 × 2,732 pixels.
The iPad Pro likely won’t arrive until October, when Apple typically reveals its new tablets. The company is also expected to hold an event on September 9, though the focus then will likely be on new iPhones and a refreshed Apple TV set top box, though some rumors have suggested the iPads may join them on stage in a shake up to the usual release schedule.