Announcement of layoffs ranging between 5 percent and 10 percent expected this month when the company reports its fiscal quarter.
Ming-Chi Kuo blames delay on challenges created by new hardware and software development.
Some see potential benefit for Apple's iTunes Radio offering, while others said it was a defensive move at a time when Apple should be looking for offensive assets.
The launch of a larger Surface Pro may happen at a good time, as device makers see growth for traditional tablets plummet.
The average analyst estimate puts Apple's iPad sales at 19.3 million units, down 0.7 percent compared with the same period last year.
Awaiting actual numbers from Apple, 32 analysts polled by Fortune get in on the iPhone sales guessing game.
The data released by analyst firm Mirae Asset Securities claims that the Korean manufacturer will sell 15 million units in the April-June period.
A flood of Apple rumors hit Wednesday on the back of a report from an analyst known for relatively accurate predictions of future Apple products.
Apple's victory may be short lived, says analyst Michael Walkley, as Android is likely to regain lost ground this quarter based on preorders for new high-end phones.
The struggling mobile device maker may not be able to break even until the end of fiscal 2016, a Canaccord Genuity analyst says.