The upstream supply chain's shipments for Apple's new 10.5-inch iPad Pro have been increasing recently and the device's monthly shipment volume is expected to grow to 600,000 units in July, up from around 500,000 units currently, helping its annual shipments to reach five million units in 2017, according to some market watchers. The 10.5-inch iPad Pro began mass production in March-April.
Demand for Apple's new 9.7-inch iPad is expected to pick up at the end of the quarter and reach a peak in the third quarter, resulting in an increase to over 4 million units shipped in June and July.
Apple's 12.9-inch iPad Pro is rumored for an update this year with mass production beginning as early as June and stable shipments in Q3. The iPad mini 4 could be phased out as previously predicted.
Despite the new devices, Apple is expecting to ship less tablets this year than last.