We’ve already heard that the new iPad mini may be in short supply at launch due to low yield rates of its Retina display, and that has now been confirmed by supply chain sources in Taiwan. Sharp and LG Display simply cannot produce the panels fast enough, according to reports, and so Apple may not have enough units to meet the initial demand later this month.
The latest report comes from DigiTimes, and as usual, we advise you to take it with a pinch of salt; the publication’s track record when it comes to Apple rumors has been very spotty. However, it seems to be a little more accurate when it comes to information surrounding displays, and this is a rumor we’ve already heard before.
Shortly after Apple announced the new iPad mini, and told us it would arrive “later in November,” Rhoda Alexander, director of tablet research at IHS, revealed that supplies would be “ridiculously tight” at launch. Alexander claimed that Apple had only produced around a third of the number of iPad minis it was shipping from the factory for last year’s launch.
We’ll see how things pan out later this month when the iPad mini goes on sale, but if you’re hoping to bag one before Christmas, you might want to get in early.