iPad Mini Sold Out
Posted 26 October 2012 - By Mike Green
The online Applestore today started taking orders for the iPad Mini with most of the initial allocation selling out within hours. By early morning all models of the White iPad mini had reverted to a dispatch time of 2 weeks and by early afternoon all Black variations had followed suit.
Analysts are already predicting that there will not be enough stock to satisfy demand with claims that a new display supplier is having trouble manufacturing sufficient volumes for Apple. Previously screen production was shared between Samsung and LG, however the ongoing legal battles between Apple and Samsung has soured the relationship and a new supplier AOU has been introduced as a replacement. However AOU only managed to produce 100,000 units in September, compared to 300,000 produced by LG which in total is not what Apple were hoping for. By December it's expected AUO will be able to produce 1,000,000 units with LG hitting 3,000,000.
More predicted problems are also on the horizon for Cellular versions of both the iPad Mini and 4th generation iPad with a shortage of chips that are required to process the 4G signal. This maybe one of the reasons why Apple have delayed the predicted delivery of these tablets until "late November".
Sales of the larger 4th generation iPad are expected to be hit with the more "handbag friendly" fashionable mini version more likely to appeal as a Christmas present. Rival products the Google Nexus 7 and Amazon Kindle Fire have been relatively successful in offering cut price smaller tablets since their launch which is a market segment Apple is keen to capitalise on.