updated 10:18 am EST, Wed November 27, 2013
Apple orders up to almost 4 million units for November
Production bottlenecks for the Retina iPad mini have been largely removed, leading to Apple increasing its orders up to almost 4 million units for the month of November, Taiwanese supply chain sources claim. Retina Mini orders are said to have already surpassed those for 2012's first-generation tablet. Prior to its launch, rumors and even Apple itself suggested that the Retina Mini would be in short supply until 2014. The primary obstacle was thought to have been burn-in problems with Sharp LCDs, something that may have affected some shipping units. DigiTimes' sources simply state that a 7.9-inch Retina display is harder to produce than a 9.7-inch one.
The people also note that the iPad Air has been seeing relatively steady supplies, mostly because the supply chain had more time to prepare. While there were shortages in the immediate aftermath of the Air's launch -- particularly for cellular and/or high-storage models -- stocks have largely recovered, and all models are listed as shipping in 5 to 7 days from the online Apple store, and should generally be in stock at retail outlets.