While Wall Street Journal‘s reliable sources have pretty much confirmed that Apple’s speculated 7.85″ iPad Mini has gone into mass production, with LG and AU Optronics ramping up production of the product’s LCD display panels, a new report by DigiTimes seems to suggest that Apple will likely struggle to meet demand when the product launches, due to low yield rates by chassis makers.
The report claims that suppliers have found the specifications for Apple’s smaller iPad to be quite challenging. As a result, yields on production of the device are said to have been “frustrating”. Case makers Foxconn Electronics, Catcher Technology and Ri-Teng Computer Accessory (Pegatron) are responsible for production of the iPad mini chassis, the sources added.
“Along with the latest market rumors indicating that Apple is likely to unveil the much speculated iPad mini on October 17, sources in Apple’s supply chain in Taiwan are also indicating that shipments of the iPad mini tablets are not smooth at the moment due to low yield rates at chassis makers.
The iPad mini reportedly will come in native- and black-colored aluminum chassis, which are more vulnerable to scratching, said the sources, adding that the anodized finish process on the black cases is more critical, which often results in lower yield rates”.
Apple is experiencing similar issues with the iPhone 5, with estimated shipping times on the device remaining at 3 to 4 weeks from Apple’s online store in North America.
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