According to the slightly dubious Apple site Digitimes, Apple has cut its orders of panel displays for the iPad by 50%. Apparently, LG – maker of the displays for Apple’s tablet – has stated that it has received a 40% decrease in orders from Apple, with the possibility of dropping a further 50% very soon.
Exactly why Apple would do this wasn’t mentioned, but Digitimes did give us this information:
“Apple has reportedly decided to cut shipments for its 9.7-inch iPad products in the first quarter to as low as six million units, down from Apple’s originally estimated 12-15 million units, due to increasing popularity among consumers for the iPad mini, said the sources.”
If I were you, I’d take this news with a handful of salt, especially since the quality of Digitimes’ rumors isn’t the most reliable out there. Plus, given the fact that the 128GB iPad has just this week been announced, it would seem pretty darn moronic for Apple to cut display orders for the tablet by such a great amount.