If you want an iPad mini, order it quickly: Limited supply due to touchscreen yield issues

“The iPad mini has arrived — with supply problems in tow,” Brooke Crothers reports for CNET. “”The problem is that AUO is a new supplier, and they’re not able to get to the volumes that Apple needs. So, essentially, there’s just one supplier [LG Display],” said Richard Shim, an analyst at NPD DisplaySearch, who covered the topic in a blog post today: ‘AUO is having yield issues with the 7.9″ panel…AUO shipped just over 100,000 units. The production plan is reach 400,000 units in October, 800,000 units November and 1 million in December.'”

“LG Display shipped 300,000 panels in September, with plans for 1 million in October and then getting to 3 million in December, according to Shim,” Crothers reports. “‘The new low price point is expected to appeal to a wider audience and drive up demand,’ Shim said in his blog. ‘However, panel supply chain indications point to an even more than typical tightness in the market for the iPad Mini.'”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: iPad mini pre-orders start October 26th. If it’s like the iPhone 5 launch, preorders will go live at 12am PDT/3am EDT and the supply will be gone quickly. Good luck!

Alternatively, you could queue up to buy the Wi-Fi model at your favorite Apple Retail Store starting at 8am on November 2. Wi-Fi + Cellular models will available in “mid-November.”

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Brawndo Drinker” for the heads up.]


    1. Because it weighs more than twice less and because you can hold it in one hand — if you like to be that mobile, you would like iPad mini.

      Next year Apple might offer iPad mini Retina, but this will be only next year.

    2. Because they’re different, with different use cases. Your question makes as little sense as saying, “Why would I want this sport sedan when I could buy an SUV for just a little more?”

      I also question your judgment if you consider 50% more “just a little more”.

      I’m pre-ording a 16GB iPad mini because it’s right in me sweet spot for size, price, and application. The new iPad is overkill.

    3. Well, if you’re not smart enought to work out what advantages a smaller pad has over the bigger version, I’m not sure my giving you a list would enlighten you.
      For me, it’s a better navigation device than an iPhone, easier to carry in a jacket pocket, easier to hold one-handed, better ebook reader for that reason…
      I have an iPad 3, and as soon as I can afford it I’ll be getting a Mini as well.

  1. You can practically set your clock by the regularity these “supply issue” stories come out.

    They have never been proven anywhere near accurate, and reflect a total lack of production capacity understanding.

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