Report reveals exact reason for the delayed launch of the Apple iPad mini with Retina display
The problem is apparently related to Sharp's TFT technology and has resulted in low production yields for the display. LG Display, Apple's other main supplier of panels for the product, has not suffered from the same problem. There is speculation that Apple will turn to its rival and supplier Samsung, to provide the panels necessary to finally launch the slate. The Korean based OEM previously solved a burn-in problem with the Retina display panels produced for the full sized Apple iPad.
Considering that not one Apple iPad mini with Retina display has been shipped, the demand for the tablet is bound to be extremely high when it is finally launched.
source: ETNews (translated) via BGR
7. verbalize (Posts: 67; Member since: 03 May 2013)
It's nice to see a company with such high standards and holding off a device until it's right.
12. rusticguy (Posts: 2811; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)
No. It's same old iStory. From next year onwards they better find some new iExcuse. This yield problem is getting stale.
14. gallitoking (Posts: 4630; Member since: 17 May 2011)
at least is beet than last year Nexus 4 being not out of stock
16. gallitoking (Posts: 4630; Member since: 17 May 2011)
at least is better than last year Nexus 4 out of stock minutes after launch on the Play store and was never seen again
18. VZWuser76 (Posts: 986; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)
So they sold out minutes after launch, and they never had them back in ? Funny because I could've sworn that they finally sold out of them just before the launch of the Nexus 5.
19. tedkord (Posts: 3920; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)
Don't bother. He doesn't see the world the rest of us see.
23. gallitoking (Posts: 4630; Member since: 17 May 2011)
look for comment 39 and 72
32. VZWuser76 (Posts: 986; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)
What does your link have to do with what we were talking about? You said that the Nexus 4 was out of stock shortly after launch, and was never seen again. I replied that it was being sold right up to the launch, and this story confirms that.
Your link said that it was sold out shortly after launch, and the comments you highlighted were about how Apple should sue for going out of stock shortly after launch.
The point I was trying to make is that the N4 was available again after that right up until the N5 launched. I wasn't disputing that it didn't go out of stock right after launch, I was disputing your statement that it wasn't seen again after that, which is what I said in my first reply. RIF (Reading Is Fundamental).
33. squallz506 (banned) (Posts: 1075; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)
You mean the n4 that was announced and available the same day?
When was the iPad mini 2g announced? 2 weeks ago? And its still not available?
27. GeekyGene (Posts: 86; Member since: 25 Aug 2013)
"No. It's same old iStory. From next year onwards they better find some new iExcuse. This yield problem is getting stale."
Just when I thought PA comments had hit rock bottom...
2. RODJOS (Posts: 12; Member since: 23 Oct 2013)
The Apple logo in that angle looks like a molar lol.
3. willard12 (Posts: 549; Member since: 04 Jul 2012)
Samsung should produce it for them under the condition that Apple has to end all law suits....and $20 per panel. Come on Apple, how badly do you want to get those ipad minis out there?
20. tedkord (Posts: 3920; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)
Sure they do. They throw tantrums and scream, "Mine! Mine!" And try to get time outs for others.
22. gallitoking (Posts: 4630; Member since: 17 May 2011)
try that in the business world and see where that gets you
31. stealthd (Posts: 868; Member since: 12 Jun 2011)
They didn't win in court by throwing a tantrum, they won with evidence like a huge document from Samsung that outlined how they could make their phones better by copying the iPhone.
30. willard12 (Posts: 549; Member since: 04 Jul 2012)
I'll have to remember the business expertise of Apple......the next time microsoft saves them from bankruptcy.
5. Sauce (Posts: 1073; Member since: 28 Apr 2013)
I've noticed that this site has only been focusing on poor news about Apple lately, which is still interesting haha. Here is some good news.
6. sadiqahmed (Posts: 16; Member since: 11 Oct 2013)
I might be wrong here, but my gut tells me apple didn't launch it together coz they thought the iPad Mini's would affect the sales of the iPad air. Think about it, both of them have the same specs but iPad mini is more portable and cheaper. I'm not denying that there are people out there who prefer the 9.7" to 7.9" but i think the majority will go for the latter because of the price and portability.
11. verbalize (Posts: 67; Member since: 03 May 2013)
I thought the same thing when the iPad air came out. That's good business .
15. nctx77 (Posts: 286; Member since: 03 Sep 2013)
I'm not going to lie, if the ipad mini was available, I would have definitely considered it. It would have been a hard choice though, because the air feels great in the hands and light. Since the mini isn't available, I'm good with the air and have no plans to return it.
8. kryme (Posts: 99; Member since: 24 Oct 2013)
samsung should say no... or charge a real high price....
29. darkkjedii (Posts: 9280; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
This is precisely why you don't own, or run Samsung.
13. good2great (Posts: 1035; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)
the comment counts for the rest of the non apple articles are pathetic today. Bad news about apple to the rescue!
25. Taters (Posts: 2374; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)
HTC needs to learn from this. They need way smaller error margins on their quality control
Samsung has the best way though. Practice to perfection on low budget models and manufacture so much and so many things that you are an expert and get it right in the first batch most of the time. Then use all that knowledge on your flagships.
Much better way than wasting screens on invisible burn in.
26. jpd514 (Posts: 17; Member since: 08 Nov 2013)
We could think that Apple would lose his reputation and by the fact money if the display of the iPad mini is of poor quality.
For sure it care about money but did it care about consumer?