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Expect shortages of Apple iPad mini with Retina display

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Expect shortages of Apple iPad mini with Retina display
Limited supplies of the 7.9 inch Sharp panel for the new Apple iPad mini with Retina display, could lead to shortages of the tablet when it is released next month. The word from Taiwan based supply chain sources is that Sharp is having problems producing the panel using the Oxide TFT process. Korean manufacturer LG Display is having better luck using a-Si process and is the suppler for 60% of the panels used for the iPad mini with Retina display. Sharp accounts for the remaining 40% which explains why a low yield from Sharp's factory could create shortages of the tablet globally.

Apple could have had more sources for the tablet's panel. AU Optronics and Innolux have both tried to get some business from Apple for the new 7.9 inch tablet, but both were turned down.. 

Meanwhile, LG Display is also responsible for 60% of the panels used on the 9.7 inch Apple iPad Air. The remaining 40% is produced by Samsung Display.

source: DigiTimes

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posted on 30 Oct 2013, 02:06 4

1. twens (Posts: 1066; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)

We all know Ipads don't sell like iPhones. How can there be shortages for a device that won't sell more than 20mil? Apple trying to full the consumer again with fake demand and supply tricks.

posted on 30 Oct 2013, 03:20 1

3. ScottSchneider (Posts: 336; Member since: 06 Dec 2011)


posted on 30 Oct 2013, 12:46

7. Finalflash (Posts: 3536; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)

Yes, that much is obvious. They make far more money on the iPad Air, so they want to, once again, force customers to the higher margin model (this time with a two pronged attack of mini shortage and iPad 2). But don't worry, as long as you are not an Apple fan, you are automatically removed from the queue to get screwed by Apple.

posted on 30 Oct 2013, 02:07 3

2. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)

Fortunately, there are alternative 7 (and even 8) inch alternatives to the mini. No big thang.

posted on 30 Oct 2013, 04:16 2

4. _Bone_ (Posts: 2155; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)

The "benefits" from breaking away from Samsung.

posted on 30 Oct 2013, 07:12

5. PBXtech (Posts: 1032; Member since: 21 Oct 2013)

Why is it the second most rich company on the planet is continually having supply shortages, especially when you consider their CEO was considered by many to be a supply chain guru?

posted on 30 Oct 2013, 10:44

6. phonemonkey (Posts: 168; Member since: 13 Feb 2012)

Duh did this need to be covered?
Thats like saying expect a shortage on the new iphone lol

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