It’s no secret that Apple almost always has a hard time meeting demand with supply when it first releases a new product, but the problem might be even more serious when it comes to the iPad mini.
Supplies are expected to be limited simply because of the low $329 price of the iPad mini, which will appeal to a wider audience and may drive up demand significantly, but there are also supply chain issues that could make supplies even scarcer.
Apparently, Apple supplier LG Display is sending panels to iPad factory Foxconn, while new Apple supplier AU Optronics Corp. is supplying panels to Pegatron, Apple’s other production factory. AUO is having yield issues with the 7.9-inch panel, limited supply to Pegatron.
As a result, AUO shipped 100,000 units in September, and is expected to reach 400,000 in October. LG Display, on the other hand, shipped 300,000 panels in September and plans to ship 1 million in October. The lack of supplies from AUO may mean less iPad minis during the holiday season.
If you plan on getting one of Apple’s iPad minis, make sure you preorder early on October 26. There’s no telling how quickly shipping times will skyrocket, and the iPhone 5 did sell out within an hour.