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Apple iPad mini shortage to be alleviated by using another panel vendor?

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Apple iPad mini shortage to be alleviated by using another panel vendor?
Apple has had problems matching up demand and supply with the Apple iPad mini. New orders for the 7.9 inch tablet are taking two weeks to ship, and besides the heavy demand, part of the problem is with one of Apple's vendors. According to Digitimes, panels for the Apple iPad mini being produced by Taiwan based AU Optronics are coming in with poor yields which obviously limits the number of finished tablets available to be sold.

Workers producing panels at an AU Optronics factory

Workers producing panels at an AU Optronics factory

Besides AU Optronics, LG Display also provides panels for the Apple iPad mini. Because of the problem AU Optronics has had with yield, industry sources expect the Cupertino based manufacturer to ship a cumulative total of 6 to 8 million units of the Apple iPad mini by the end of the year. These same sources had originally forecast 10 million iPad mini shipments this year, but the fourth quarter has been seriously impacted by AU Optronics. The latter says that it will have corrected the problem in time for the company to have "sufficient yield" by the first quarter of next year.

Not taking any chances, there is talk that Apple is looking at a third panel supplier. The sources didn't mention the name of the company that Apple is thinking about adding as a vendor, but did say that it is believed to be a Taiwan based firm. Remember, until we hear directly from Apple on this matter, you know to take this with a grain of salt.

source: Digitimes

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posted on 01 Dec 2012, 00:37 3

1. MC1123 (Posts: 1220; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


before people will start bashing apple again... its not apple to blame! AU shows incompetence that it cant deliver huge demand right!

posted on 01 Dec 2012, 00:49

2. wendygarett (unregistered)


Au is new vendor for Apple... If you want a quality product, you have to wait... Patients is always success :)

posted on 01 Dec 2012, 18:23 1

10. MC1123 (Posts: 1220; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


you do know that AU is the biggest display maker in taiwan right?!

posted on 01 Dec 2012, 09:35

6. Aeires (unregistered)


That remains to be seen. If Apple left Samsung for this company and didn't do the proper research on whether they could keep up with production, it's Apple's fault. If Apple released the iPad Mini and didn't do the proper research to know hardware manufacturers could keep up, it's Apple's fault. If this company promissed Apple they could meet demand but in reality can't, shame on AU.

Two big questions to ask are will these new companies get it together to meet Apple's needs or will Apple realize that and try to make amends with Samsung, if that bridge hasn't been completely obliterated by all the lawsuits.

posted on 01 Dec 2012, 02:01 9

3. lee480 (Posts: 162; Member since: 24 Sep 2012)


What happens if you leave Samsung.

posted on 01 Dec 2012, 02:09 6

4. poikilo (Posts: 45; Member since: 07 Jun 2012)


Exactly. You shoot yourself in the leg if you leave a trusted large volume supplier. You deserve this iFruit.

posted on 01 Dec 2012, 02:41 1

5. rusticguy (Posts: 2811; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


Question is do you expect such failoures (short supply if at all ad not short demand) when the Logistics maestro (which earned him coveted post of CEO) is heading the company? If answer is no then it means there's shortage of demand :)

posted on 01 Dec 2012, 12:43

7. ryq24 (Posts: 442; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


that is the advantage of samsung over apple. samsung made almost all their parts while apple rely on a lot of companies .

posted on 01 Dec 2012, 14:56 1

8. Slammer (Posts: 817; Member since: 03 Jun 2010)


Most of the success of Apple is their tightly wound vertical integration. Finding one vender that excels in one area and another vender that excels in another. Apple is breaching part of this integration by allowing multiple companies for one component just to meet demand. This practice is out of the norm for Apple and I suspect it will lead to issues regarding hardware inconsistancies.

John B.

posted on 01 Dec 2012, 16:53

9. fanboy1974 (Posts: 997; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)


My local walmart had all sizes in stock today. It's the Round Lake Walmart in Illinois. Sams club in Gurnee had iPad mini's but not the 16gig. Guess no one wants to pay $429 for a mini.

posted on 01 Dec 2012, 21:02

11. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 5639; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


At our the wal mart store I work we never even recieve a single iPad Mini which is nice in my opinion

posted on 02 Dec 2012, 05:15

12. MC1123 (Posts: 1220; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


coz you're from walmart! you toss iPads away!

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