DigiTimes is using its contacts within the supply industry to good effect today. Its latest report confirms that the iPad mini display yields are finally evening out. For weeks it seemed as if Apple was struggling to keep up with demand for its 7.9-inch tablet. Thankfully, most Apple stores online are showing the product as being in stock with no delays in shipping. The main reason – seemingly – is that AU Optronics, Apple’s main mini display supplier, was struggling to get enough panels out.
“Due to AUO’s yield issues throughout the second half of 2012, cumulative shipments of the iPad mini were less than Apple’s originally estimated 10 million units. However, the sources said AUO has solidified higher yields as of the first quarter in 2013, which will help keep the iPad mini in supply as well as most likely push up AUO’s tablet panel shipments on year in 2013.”
Incidentally, and almost as a side note, DigiTimes also references that the same company is already working on the display technology for the next generation iPad mini. It doesn’t state that it’s Retina resolution, or give any more details. But if recent rumors and expectations are anything to go by, we should see a display with twice the resolution on the next version of Apple’s smaller tablet.