Not long before the announcement of Apple’s iPad mini 2, rumors had already been swirling that its supplies would be significantly constrained due to delayed productions in the supply chain. The production issues appear to have been indirectly confirmed by Apple when it announced yesterday that it’d be releasing the iPad Air on November 1st, but stated that the retina iPad mini would not be available until “later” during the month.
Renowned market observers, for instance IHS iSuppli’s Rhoda Alexander and Piper Jeffries’ Peter Misek, have apparently seen the supply shortages coming, and believe that the mass productions of the retina iPad mini would not take place until Q1 of 2014. Misek also argued that the initial shipments of the new 7.9 inch tablet may only be 2-5 million units, which, if true, would make it difficult for most consumers to get their hands on the device before Christmas.
The reasons that have been given for the production/shipment delays currently range from the technological difficulties of making small 2048×1536 Retina Displays to the production struggles experienced by some of Apple’s own suppliers. Two of the Cupertino company’s alleged display supplying partners, AU Optronics and Sharp, are reportedly having trouble coming up with quality displays that meet Apple’s standards as well as intense time schedules.