updated 09:30 am EDT, Wed October 30, 2013
iPad Air thought to be unaffected
Low display yields at Sharp are behind predicted iPad mini shortages, Taiwanese supply chain sources claim. The company is said to be responsible for about 40 percent of the Retina displays for the new Mini, while LG Display handles the majority. LG is using an a-Si manufacturing process; Sharp is using oxide TFT.
Multiple reports have hinted that Mini supplies will be light going into next month's launch. Apple itself appeared to back these views on Monday, when CEO Tim Cook said it was "unclear whether we'll have enough for the quarter or not." The iPad Air is generally forecast to be unaffected; whereas Apple has only set a vague "November" timeframe for the launch of the Mini, the Air is due to ship this Friday, and should even have Personal Pickup available as a day-one order option.