“A rumor out of the Far East claims issues relating to burn-in on Sharp-made LCD panels is holding up Apple’s release of the iPad mini with Retina display, supposedly prompting the company to seek help from Samsung,” AppleInsider reports.

“Citing an industry source, Korean language publication ETNews claims Apple partner manufacturer Sharp is having problems with its advanced IGZO display technology, causing low yield rates for Retina panels bound for the second-generation iPad mini,” AppleInsider reports. “This unforeseen setback is purportedly slowing down the production process substantially, leading Apple to look elsewhere for additional supply.”

AppleInsider reports, “While Sharp is thought to be Apple’s secondary Retina display supplier for the new mini, the company is reportedly responsible for 40 percent of all orders, with LG taking the remaining 60 percent. According to the report, LG is using a different, more common substrate called amorphous silicon, or a-Si, for its TFTs. Apple may be looking to Samsung for display supply for the Retina mini starting in 2014, as the Korean tech giant’s low temperature polycrystalline silicon (LTPS) technology is not affected by the burn-in issue, the source said. ”

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MacDailyNews Take: Regardless of the veracity of this report, iPad mini with Retina display units are going to be difficult to get ahold of this Christmas. This is shaping up as the unfotunate sequel to Apple’s Great iMac Drought of Christmas 2012.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Lynn Weiler” for the heads up.]