It's the next thing to tick off of Apple's calendar of annual launches, but next month's expected iPad launch may be short a tablet or two. While the iPad Air 2 is still on schedule for a 2014 release, the new iPad Mini with Retina Display and long-rumoured iPad Pro won't leave Apple's testing labs until next year, according to a new report from the Commercial Times.
While the iPad Air 2 should have entered production by now according to the source, the other two sizes are being held back. Bloomberg also claims the new iPad Mini with Retina Display hadn't entered production as of September 17th, which would make it difficult to to ensure reasonable stock levels in time for the alleged October 21st launch event (given Apple usually follows up an unveiling with in-store stock within a few days).
While Bloomberg's sources are usually solid, it seems unlikely that Apple would now devote a single show to the iPad Air, let alone separate it from its tablet stablemates. We'll be keeping a close eye on this. [Commercial Times via BGR]