Why 13-inch iPad delay may be good news for Apple

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Bigger Apple iPad delayed?

The reported delay in production of Apple's 12.9-inch iPad could actually be good news for the tech giant, analysts say.

Apple's biggest iPad was expected to be released in the first quarter of this year, but manufacturers have been instructed to delay production until the latter half the year, according to The Wall Street Journal, citing anonymous sources.

So what's the good news? It all comes down to the iPhone.

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"In a way I would argue this is almost a better thing because [the] iPhone still has a lot of momentum, a lot of steam ahead of it," RBC Capital Markets Research Analyst Amit Daryanani told CNBC. "As that starts to ease up a little bit towards the end of this year … it would be optimal for the iPad to come out at the point."