Production of the 12.9-inch-screen iPad is now scheduled to start around September because of delays involving the supply of display panels, said one of the people, who asked not to be identified because the details aren’t public. Apple had initially planned to begin making the larger version this quarter, people familiar those plans had said.
Apple hopes the larger tablet will reinvigorate sales of the iPad which have declined for four straight quarters. The device could also boost Apple's penetration into enterprise. The company recently partnered with IBM to develop a suite of business apps for enterprise customers.
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