NPD: iPad mini to be in short supply initially, display yield rates to blame
posted by Nick T. / Oct 24, 2012, 8:57 AM
That's because the iPad mini might be in short supply, at least initially, due to issues with the companies supplying its components. In particular, there will be two companies handling the assembly process – Foxconn and Pegatron. The former will be provided with screen panels by LG Display, while the latter will be getting them from AUO. However, AUO is currently producing less 7.9-inch iPad mini screens than are needed. In September, it provided Pegatron with only 100,000 panels, with plans for their production to reach 400,000 units in October, 800,000 units November and 1 million in December. LG Display, on the other hand, managed to deliver 300,000 panels last month, and plans to ship 1 million in October, 2.5 million in November, and 3 million in December.
The reason for Apple to involve another company, namely AUO, in the iPad mini manufacturing process is that it is distancing itself from Samsung as a component supplier. At first, all screens for the iPad were made by Samsung as it was the only manufacturer capable of meeting the demand, but with all the court battles both Apple and Samsung went through, the relations between them are starting to cool down.
Still, that is no guarantee that the iPad mini will go out of stock as fast as we expect it to, but let this just be a heads-up for all planning on getting one. Speaking of which, is anyone interested in buying an iPad mini already? Let us know down in the comments!
source: NPD DisplaySearch via eWeek
Posts: 627; Member since: Sep 16, 2012
lg can't deliver? surprising... only samsung have the capacity to produce at such a large scale.. if the mini ipad is that in demand. i'm a greedy person. iproducts will not be able to satisfy me. but if the iphone5 came out last two years, i'll be a fanboy right now.
posted on Oct 24, 2012, 9:05 AM 2
Posts: 1236; Member since: Sep 26, 2012
Oh Apple is just at it again, its hoarding goods, keeping surplus stocks in warehouses to create a false illusion of shortage so that they can sell it at higher rates to their Apple fans...and moreover Apple's doing a big service to the community known as Black Market! And if the shortage is genuine Apple, then that's what happens when you actually go around suing your suppliers...moronic Apple!
posted on Oct 24, 2012, 3:47 PM 1
Posts: 26; Member since: Jun 16, 2011
They're trying to capture a bunch of pre-orders before the Google accouncement 3 days later.
posted on Oct 24, 2012, 2:02 PM 1
Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012
why not use japan display or sharp display? why korean?
posted on Oct 24, 2012, 11:22 PM 0
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