Bollocks Rumor: iPad Mini Supplies Will Be Constrained


A new rumor has emerged suggesting that supplies of the upcoming iPad mini, which is expected to be launched by Apple at some point in October, will initially be constrained due to manufacturing problems. The report stems from analyst Brian White of Topeka Capital Markets who says that he has been speaking with people involved with the Apple supply chain and that yields of the display screen have been frustratingly low (via MacRumors). As such, supplies of the iPad mini display will apparently be constrained on launch.

Taking the rumor at face value, it’s likely to be bullshit. The iPad mini is expected to have a 1024 x 768 display which, in a 7.85 inch screen (the rumored size of the screen in the iPad mini) has a pixel density substantially lower than than of the new iPad, as well as the iPhone 4, iPhone 4S and iPhone 5. Given that Apple’s component suppliers have been producing screens for the devices listed above, as well as the lower resolution iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, first generation iPad and iPad 2, are we to believe that there are issues producing this screen?  That they lack the expertise to produce adequate quantities?

Well sourced John Gruber of Daring Fireball suggested that the iPad mini will utilize exactly the same screens as the iPhone 3GS, except that they will be cut into 7.85 inch displays rather than the 3.5 inch displays used for the 3GS. He says “These are displays Apple knows how to produce efficiently and in enormous quantities. All they have to do is cut them into bigger pieces

This rumor sounds like bollocks.

Nads…

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