New iPods in short supply due to component shortages

Apple’s new crop of iPod models are supposed to ship some time in October, however a new reports suggests that they may be in fairly short supply upon launch. The iPod Touch and iPod Nano both received significant revamps, requiring totally new components and building materials. From a consumer’s point of view, this is great. But from the companies responsible for producing these new iPod parts, it’s a bit of a headache.

According to Japanese blog Macotakara, the initial shipment of new iPods will be very scarce in number. Everything from the larger touch screen on the iPod Nano to the 4-inch Retina Display on the iPod Touch (the same display, it’s worth noting, that the iPhone 5 is rockin’) could pose a problem for manufacturers. To be fair, though, the incredible demand surrounding Apple products would be nearly impossible for any company to meet right off the bat.

Despite reassurances from Sharp that it is producing “adequate volumes” of the iPod Touch’s 4-inch in-cell screen, I would be surprised if these new iPods weren’t hard to come by for the first few weeks. At this point, it’s sort of a given with Apple product launches.

What do you guys think? Will Apple and its suppliers have enough iPods to go around, or will there be supply issues? Sound off in the comments section below or on twitter @TiP_Jake.



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  • edwinjwkim

    theres a demand for ipod touches…?