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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15 Comments

1. DaHarder

Posts: 177; Member since: Oct 10, 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.

3. GrapeEyes

Posts: 248; Member since: Sep 01, 2013

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

8. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 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.

5. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 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.

9. Ninetysix

Posts: 2965; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

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

10. woodshop20

Posts: 459; Member since: Sep 14, 2013

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

12. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 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?

2. Miracles

Posts: 560; Member since: Aug 31, 2013

Lies..Lies I tell you. "You have been cheated and lied to" ~ Spongebob?

4. amiaq

Posts: 509; Member since: Jun 30, 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.

6. darkkjedii

Posts: 31548; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Oh lord here we go!!!

7. softfurryanus

Posts: 232; Member since: Jul 09, 2013

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

11. wilsong17 unregistered

why spend 500 on a 8 inch screen only ifan i tell you

13. softfurryanus

Posts: 232; Member since: Jul 09, 2013

Starts at $399 pal, and 8 inches isn't too small. Probably the only Apple product I could buy without feeling shafted afterwards.

15. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 2011

The display is about 35% larger than the 7" Nexus tablet. 35% more display area is nothing to sneeze at

14. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

Same old tricks with every launch.

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