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Production started on new iPads: sources

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Slowing down: The current iPad Mini and iPad Air.

Slowing down: The current iPad Mini and iPad Air. Photo: Bloomberg

Apple's suppliers have started manufacturing new iPads, according to people with knowledge of the matter, as the company works to reinvigorate tablets after two straight quarters of declining sales.

Mass production of a full-sized iPad with a 9.7-inch screen is already under way, with an unveiling projected for the end of this quarter or early next, said two of the people, who asked not to be identified. A new version of the 7.9-inch iPad mini is also entering production and will probably be available by the end of the year, they said.

The timing is crucial as Apple ramps up a new product push for the lucrative end-of-year holiday shopping season. The lineup is anticipated to include new iPhones with bigger screens, as well as a health-oriented watch-like device, people with knowledge of the matter have said.

The Cupertino, California-based company is holding an event on September 9 to debut the new iPhones, people familiar with the situation have said. Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook last month said Apple has an "incredible pipeline" that "we can't wait to show you."

Trudy Muller, a spokeswoman for Apple, declined to comment.

Apple especially needs to boost its iPad business, which is its second-biggest product category after iPhones. For Apple's fiscal third quarter ended June 28, iPad sales slipped to 13.3 million units.

Output of the larger iPad may be restricted by manufacturing complications related to the use of a new anti-reflection coating, which Apple plans to add to the device to make the display easier to read, said one of the people.

Apple's largest-ever iPhones went into mass production in July, reports say. The iPhones will come in two new models: one with a 4.7-inch screen and another with a 5.5-inch screen, people with knowledge of the plans have said.

Consumers have been gravitating toward larger-screen devices —  in China, 40 per cent of mobile gadgets based on Google's Android operating system that were sold in 2014 had display sizes of more than 5 inches, according to an estimate from Forrester Research.

Bloomberg