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Monday 20 November 2017

Apple's iPad Mini 2 'to face severe supply issues' and delays

Radhika Sanghani

Apple's iPad Mini launch could be delayed from November to spring and there could be shortages of the product, according to a report from a Japanese analyst.

It is meant to be released in late November but an analyst speaking to Nikkei claims the iPad Mini with Retina Display is not going to be widely available until spring.

Currently Apple's display suppliers for the tablet are LG Display and Sharp, but all the suppliers are facing difficulties in reaching production targets.

The report claims production at LGD is the most successful out of the suppliers, but states even that is "not close to full production", according to CNET.

It comes days after an analyst at IHS electronics and media said supply is one third the size of its shipments from this time last year.

Rhoda Alexander, director of tablet research at IHS, said: "The supply of the Retina Mini is going to be ridiculously tight in the fourth quarter.

"Apple’s 2013 iPad shipment growth is shaping up to be comparatively modest and the shift in launch cycles has played a major role in the slowdown."

She suggested Apple will launch the Retina Mini in February or March of 2014 "when supply will be more assured", which coincides with the Japanese report.

The new iPad Mini has a retina display designed to give it a clearer, sharper picture and the same 64-bit chip that powers the iPad Air.

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