Digitimes reports Apple has canceled its supply schedule for the iPad 3, formerly set to take place during the last half of 2011. This has caused competitors to delay their offerings as well, but iPad 2 units are still predicted to remain steady at 28-30 million orders, according to sources from the supply chain.
Apple was originally set to launch its iPad 3 in the second half of 2011 with a supply volume of 1.5-2 million units in the third quarter and 5-6 million in the fourth quarter, but Apple’s supply chain partners have recently discovered that the related figures have all already been deleted, the sources pointed out.
According to sources, the Retina Display panels did not meet a satisfactory yield rate, and has caused the delay, coinciding with reports from TiPB about iPad 3 launching in 2012. Sharp was responsible for supplying these high resolution screens over Samsung and LG. At the heart of the matter was the 9.7″ display panel requiring a higher powered backlight source, that was unable to meet required levels. With the display acting as the heart of the iPad 3, Apple likely delayed the launch due to this failure in manufacturing quality.
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