Report reveals exact reason for the delayed launch of the Apple iPad mini with Retina display

Report reveals exact reason for the delayed launch of the Apple iPad mini with Retina display
Now that the Apple iPad Air has been exploding onto the tablet scene (see what we did there?), that still leaves many iPad buyers waiting for the launch of the Apple iPad mini with Retina display. Delayed by production problems with the display, a new report on Friday explains that Sharp has been having problems with LCD burn-in on the Retina display panels that it is producing for the tablet. The burn in is said to be not noticeable to the ordinary eye, but the screen still does not meet Apple's exacting standards.

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

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34 Comments

1. E.S.1

Posts: 308; Member since: Sep 14, 2013

Exploding is correct :)

7. verbalize

Posts: 150; Member since: May 03, 2013

It's nice to see a company with such high standards and holding off a device until it's right.

12. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 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: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

at least is beet than last year Nexus 4 being not out of stock

16. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 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: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 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: 17452; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Don't bother. He doesn't see the world the rest of us see.

21. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

thankfully I dont...

23. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

32. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 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.http://www.phonearena.com/news/Nexus-4-is-no-longer-sold-on-Google-Play_id48966 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).

34. medicci37

Posts: 1361; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

OMG galli you need to get a life! Wow

33. squallz506

Posts: 1075; Member since: Oct 19, 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: 88; Member since: Aug 25, 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... Going down.

28. darkkjedii

Posts: 31529; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Exactly. I like that about apple.

2. RODJOS

Posts: 12; Member since: Oct 23, 2013

The Apple logo in that angle looks like a molar lol.

3. willard12 unregistered

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?

17. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

tha'ts why kids don't do business

20. tedkord

Posts: 17452; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Sure they do. They throw tantrums and scream, "Mine! Mine!" And try to get time outs for others.

22. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

try that in the business world and see where that gets you

24. PBXtech

Posts: 1032; Member since: Oct 21, 2013

In court, see Apple vs. Samsung.

31. stealthd unregistered

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 unregistered

I'll have to remember the business expertise of Apple......the next time microsoft saves them from bankruptcy.

4. TomTheNerd

Posts: 67; Member since: Oct 11, 2013

tbh all the hype about it is gone now

5. Sauce unregistered

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. http://www.idownloadblog.com/2013/11/07/forbes-most-valuable-apple/

6. sadiqahmed

Posts: 71; Member since: Oct 11, 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.

9. kryme

Posts: 469; Member since: Oct 24, 2013

thumbs up.... u so right....

10. good2great

Posts: 1042; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

I agree

11. verbalize

Posts: 150; Member since: May 03, 2013

I thought the same thing when the iPad air came out. That's good business .

15. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 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: 469; Member since: Oct 24, 2013

samsung should say no... or charge a real high price....

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