It seems that every time Apple launches a new device, tales from the supply chain suggest the same thing: manufacturing partners are struggling to meet the demand. With the iPhone 5 it was Foxconn getting all antsy because Apple’s quality demands were too high. This time it seems that Cupertino’s display producing partners are having a hard time getting enough display units out. Analyst, Richard Shim from NPD DisplaySearch spoke to CNET and told them that planned yields are not being met.
To be honest, it’s hardly surprising. Apple announced its fastest and furthest reaching rollout for the iPad mini. In times past, Apple would normally launch a new portable device in its 9 favorite countries, with a larger audience being reached a couple of weeks later. With the tiny iPad, it’s launching in 34 countries right from the get go. If display makers were finding it a breeze to meet production yields for a launch that huge, it would be a huge shock to everyone.
Pre-orders for the device go live on Friday, October 26th, with a release one week later on November 2.