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iPad mini Retina supplies could be a problem at Christmas, admits Apple

iPad mini Retina supplies could be a problem at Christmas, admits Apple
There have been constant rumors about the supply of the iPad mini 2 because there have been questions about the production of the new Retina display for the tablet. Now, after talking about Apple's fiscal Q4 2013 earnings report and the possibility of Apple launching a new product category next year, CEO Tim Cook is admitting that iPad mini Retina supplies could be a problem this holiday season.

Cook always kept the focus on the new iPad Air during the earnings call, saying that "it's going to be an iPad Christmas" and called the Air "the best iPad we've ever done." But, any time the talk shifted to the new iPad mini, the news was much more troubled. Cook said that "it's not clear if we'll have enough" iPad minis available, and also said, "it's not clear that everyone who wants one will be able to find one" this Christmas season. 

Cook didn't mention when he expected production to get back on track, nor did he specifically mention the Retina display as the reason for the supply issues. 

source: The Verge

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posted on 28 Oct 2013, 17:35 8

1. DaHarder (Posts: 171; Member since: 10 Oct 2009)


Few thing create 'buzz (hype) like announcing a 'shortage'.

Apple appears to utilize this tactic with at least one or two of its annual product announcements.

posted on 28 Oct 2013, 17:42 4

3. GrapeEyes (Posts: 248; Member since: 01 Sep 2013)


People are not stupid. Apple has played this tactic out more than the Bush administration played out WMD's.

posted on 28 Oct 2013, 18:53

8. Finalflash (Posts: 1821; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)


People can be pretty stupid actually, hence why the Bush admin got away with the WMD situation. Still, if they can produce 1080p screens at 4.5-5 inches in good supply and then some, how is a more inferior 2000x1500 or whatever screen at 8 inches harder to produce. I doubt its a technological issue, maybe because of the ridiculous aspect ratio.

posted on 28 Oct 2013, 18:09 1

5. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5880; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Meh. Apple could be setting expectations for low mini sales in the Xmas quarter. Which would explain the share price drop after the conference call.

posted on 28 Oct 2013, 19:26 2

9. Ninetysix (Posts: 1664; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


You're kidding yourself if you think another tablet will sell more than the iPad mini....LOL.

posted on 28 Oct 2013, 19:32

10. woodshop20 (Posts: 459; Member since: 14 Sep 2013)


The Air is going to sell well at all though...

posted on 28 Oct 2013, 20:14

12. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5880; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


If Apple doesn't have tablets to sell and Best Buy has the N7 (2013), do you seriously think that Best Buy won't be selling a few more N7 (2013) tablets to frustrated buyers who came in looking for a mini?

posted on 28 Oct 2013, 17:41 2

2. Miracles (Posts: 547; Member since: 31 Aug 2013)


Lies..Lies I tell you.

"You have been cheated and lied to" ~ Spongebob?

posted on 28 Oct 2013, 17:53

4. amiaq (Posts: 487; Member since: 30 Jun 2012)


aaahh...there ..there... It's ok, There are always android tablets, which are more useful and flexible. You can just shove that ipad up yours.

posted on 28 Oct 2013, 18:30 2

6. darkkjedii (Posts: 12047; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Oh lord here we go!!!

posted on 28 Oct 2013, 18:35 3

7. softfurryanus (banned) (Posts: 232; Member since: 09 Jul 2013)


$100 less for the same specs and a sharper screen, the Mini just makes so much more sense than the iPad Air.

posted on 28 Oct 2013, 19:40

11. wilsong17 (Posts: 990; Member since: 10 Mar 2013)


why spend 500 on a 8 inch screen

only ifan i tell you

posted on 28 Oct 2013, 20:19

13. softfurryanus (banned) (Posts: 232; Member since: 09 Jul 2013)


Starts at $399 pal, and 8 inches isn't too small.

Probably the only Apple product I could buy without feeling shafted afterwards.

posted on 29 Oct 2013, 03:26

15. ardent1 (Posts: 1997; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)


The display is about 35% larger than the 7" Nexus tablet.

35% more display area is nothing to sneeze at

posted on 28 Oct 2013, 20:54 1

14. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


Same old tricks with every launch.

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