Apple Phones a Rival to Help It Meet iPad Mini Supply
What’s with Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) and supply shortages?
Sources say that more severe supply constraints are on the horizon for the tech giant, and this time around, they are affecting the iPad mini with Retina display.
During Apple’s highly anticipated iPad event on October 22, CEO Tim Cook unveiled the iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display, promising a November 1 launch date for the first and another date to come shortly after for the mini. Analysts were pleased with the new tablet offerings and Apple’s price points, but rumors of more supply shortages are aswirl, and the tech company is even now rumored to be tapping one of its biggest rivals to help it navigate its way out of the constraints.
According to Apple Insider, Sharp and LG Display, the main manufacturers for the high-resolution 7.9-inch Retina panels, are already facing difficulties meeting production volume goals – and time is running out. Different reports point different fingers, but one source on Wednesday blamed Sharp for the rumored Mini shortage, while another highlighted LG’s yield issues and asserted the manufacturer is “not close to full production,” Apple Insider reports.