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Component Shortage for iPhone 5 and iPad Mini to Contribute to Lower than Expected Shipments

20 Aug

From the news TrendInsider retrieved from various component vendors and suppliers, it appears that the new iPhone 5, aimed at a possible 3Q12 or 4Q12 release, may not reach the originally intended 40 million shipment target.

The reason for the less than expected shipments can be attributed to the shortage of various major components, which include in-cell panels, aluminum casings, and various other hardware parts. Given the situation, the OEMs responsible for assembling the new iPhones predict that by the end of 2012, only 30 million units of Apple’s new handset will be released within the market. Apple may still satisfy the needs of worldwide consumers in the short run, but the shortages of its upcoming products will more likely than not to be a major issue in the future.

It is predicted, at the moment, that the plummeting iPhone 4 & iPhone 4S sales will continue at a much faster rate than expected. As such, it remains likely that Apple will announce the iPhone 5 as soon as this September. At such a timing, the new handset will quickly replace the iPhone 4 during the October-December peak season, and in turn gain the necessary advantage to thrive within the market.

iPad Mini

Apple’s new 7.85 inch tablet, currently referred to as the “iPad Mini”, is likely to take a major hit from the component shortage as well. While the overall shipment quantity of the new tablet is expected to fall short of the originally planned 13 to 14 million units, the extent of the decline is not expected to exceed that of the iPhone 5.

At present, the quantity of iPad Mini units that are being supplied by manufacturing plants numbers in the range of millions. Aimed at the 2012 peak season, the tablet will likely see an official release date before the end of September or October.

TrendInsider believes that even though the iPhone 5 and iPad Mini are both affected by shortage issues, the two devices do not necessarily share the same set of components. What’s certain is that both devices’ supply quantities will definitely be affected one way or another.

7.8-Inch, Longer-Lasting iPad Mini Eyeing October Release

12 Jul

According to TrendInsider’s sources, Apple’s next iPad, rumored to be called the iPad Mini, is set to be released sometime during October 2012. The device will reportedly utilize a 7.8-inch screen – making it a tad larger than Google’s Nexus 7 and Amazon’s Kindle Fire 2 – and feature a 1024×768 resolution. Other than the obvious screen size difference, the iPad mini will have an extremely slim body, and is expected to weigh only about half as much as its 9.7-inch counterpart.

While slightly larger than Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire 2, the iPad mini should easily trump its rivals in terms of battery life thanks to its superior polymer lithium battery. With regards to the device’s CPU, it is rumored that Apple will be opting for the A5 processor instead of the highly raved-about quad-core A5X. We suspect this choice to have something to do with the company’s pricing concerns, considering it will be actively competing with the likes of Google and Amazon in the 7-inch tablet market. Given that the normal iPad is offered at $499 USD, we believe that the iPad mini might be priced at somewhere around the $299 USD mark.

Updated:New iPad Mini Rumors

Little news has aroused as much curiosity as the rumored price range for Apple’s highly anticipated iPad Mini. We know that the prices of the new iPad and the iPad 2 are currently set at $499 and $399 USD, respectively. Judging from the price pattern, it is predicted that the miniature iPad should logically be priced at around $299 USD. This would make the iPad Mini the cheapest and most affordable of all the iPad models out there, next to the 8GB version of iPad 2.

Depending on a number of market-related factors, TrendInsider believes there is a possibility that Apple will offer its miniature tablet at a price lower than what many expect. Should price cuts cause the 8GB iPad 2 to fall under $349 USD, for instance, it is not impossible that Apple will charge the mini iPad for less than $299 USD in order to space out the pricing of its products. The lingering presence of Google and Amazon is another major factor that will heavily impact the pricing strategies associated with the iPad Mini. To deal with the tempting $199 price tags of both the Nexus 7 and the Kindle Fire 2, we may see Apple resort to cutting its mini iPad’s price to as low as $249 USD.

While somewhat uncharacteristic for Apple, extreme price cutting is far from an unreasonable strategy to pursue. With more and more potent competitors on the rise, the Cupertino-based company would no doubt want to implement any measures necessary to retain its influence in the tablet industry.