iPad mini 2012 shipments forecast slashed as AU Optronics can't deliver enough screens?

iPad mini 2012 shipments forecast slashed as AU Optronics can't deliver enough screens?
The Apple iPad mini is all about the new form factor and low price, and that combination has proven to be a success with reviewers. Its success with users however - as is with many Apple devices recently - depends a lot on supply. The demand definitely seems to be there, but now industry sources are saying that while LG Display continues steady deliveries of 7.9-inch display panels for the mini, the other big Apple vendor, AU Optronics, suffers from poor yields.

Rumor is about 4 million iPad mini displays were shipped for the device in November, and most come from LG. 

If AU Optronics continues to have issues with manufacturing, total iPad mini shipments for 2012 might drop to 6 to 8 million units, down from the initial projections for 10 million devices.

First whispers about a second-gen iPad mini planned for launch in the second half of 2013 have also come about. Sources are saying it might even come with a Retina display, but while possible that seems like a stretch to us.

It seems logical for an eventual Retina iPad mini to have the same resolution as the 4th gen iPad, or otherwise Apple would have to ask developers to recode their apps like it did with the iPhone 5. And if the 2048 x 1536-pixel screen does arrive on the mini, that would require a huge battery to keep the battery life as it is, and that in turn would ruin the thin and light form factor.

So it seems that buying the iPad mini right now is a pretty safe step, and you won’t be suffering from buyer’s remorse soon after. What do you think, could a Retina iPad mini arrive as soon as next year?

source: DigiTimes

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11 Comments

1. MeoCao unregistered

LOL excuses excuses. Will it be easier to admit that people want Nexus 7 more than this shrunken iPad2?

5. chaoticrazor

Posts: 2347; Member since: Aug 28, 2012

fanboy alert

8. Nadr1212

Posts: 741; Member since: Sep 22, 2012

They should have some apostrophes when they wrote "low price" Low-price my butt!!!

9. Nadr1212

Posts: 741; Member since: Sep 22, 2012

The iPad mini better have retina display AND A gigantic battery!!!!!!! (At the latest by NEXT YEAR, or ELSE!!!!!!!!)

2. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

Since orders aren't coming as expected, AU Optronics asked to curtail supplies (and paid money to keep mum) ... this is how one would view such news normally. Just doesn;t make sense that Apple could have any "logistics" p[roblem with the Logistics Expert in drivers seat (Mr Cook). So all these stories are being "Cooked" as a face saving measure for lower sales? Nexus 7 all the way :)

4. blingblingthing

Posts: 940; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

I really hope the Nexus 7 smokes the Ipad mini this season.

3. edgabimbam unregistered

"The Apple iPad mini is all about the new form factor and low price" after i have read this i skipped topic.... lol yeh low price then maybe also say about its amazing hardware? ^^

6. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

"The Apple iPad mini is all about the new form factor and low price, and that combination has proven to be a success with reviewers." Huh? Most reviewers I've seen have pretty much given this a pass on the pass/buy scale of reviews since it's still priced significantly higher than it's competition like the Nexus tabs, which come with a nicer display. It's basically a shrunken iPad 2.

7. Aeires unregistered

High price for a low res screen, can't see buying this version, especially when everyone knows a retina display will be in the next model.

10. zazori08

Posts: 113; Member since: Dec 21, 2011

WTF! The screen isalready low-res and still they cannot deliver?

11. Mohamed_Abdulkareem

Posts: 45; Member since: May 15, 2012

Good tab but, still over priced. I would buy it for around 250 $.

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