Display supply problems force iPad 3 delay

Display supply problems force iPad 3 delay
Suppliers say iPad 3 won't make Fall 2011 launch.

Apple has cancelled its suply schedule for the iPad 3 in the second half of 2011, according to sources within Apple's supply partners, reports DigiTimes. Apple's supply schedule has reportedly been between 1.5 million and 2 million iPad 3 units in Q3 2011, and then between 5 million and 6 million units in Q4 2011.

The reason for the change is apparently supply problems with the 2048x1536, 9.7-inch panel. Supply partners reportedly cannot meet the volume requirements for a Fall 2011 launch.

DigiTimes sources also suggest that the higher-resolution panel requires a much larger backlight source, and that a single edge light bar is not cutting it at the moment.

Reports of Apple testing a higher-resolution display surfaced over the past few months. The Wall Street Journal reported that Apple was testing a prototype iPad with a higher resolution, though not as high as the panels referenced in the DigiTimes report.

Written by: James Delahunty @ 16 Aug 2011 17:09
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  • Schmick

    Funny that. Who'd have thought patent litigation against your key supplier would result in supply problems?

    ^ PEBKAC ^

    17.8.2011 00:34 #1

  • NHS2008

    Apple Apple what'cha gonna do??! What'cha gonna do when Samsung flunks you!

    18.8.2011 05:12 #2

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