Yeah… we’re not really sold on that reasoning either, but according to analyst Liaoxian Li, the company is so determined to focus on producing enough units of the long-rumoured 12.9in iPad Pro that it will be directing its main tablet production facilities to work only on that model.
Li claims that this means we might not see a new iPad Air model unveiled until 2016. He does, however, believe that the iPad mini will be getting a refresh (which would be the iPad mini 4). Some think the iPad mini 4 will offer more significant changes over the last refresh of the range, which did little but add a TouchID sensor to the iPad mini 2.
We’d advise you remain sceptical of this rumour, because the iPad Air remains a popular seller and it would be strange for Apple not to give its “main tablet” its customary annual update. The iPad Pro might be a more exciting prospect, but a high-powered 12.9in tablet is almost certainly going to be a niche product that ships and sells in far lower amounts than more reasonably-sized alternatives like the iPad Air and mini.
The iPad Pro is expected to be unveiled towards the end of the year.