While Apple seems to have caught up with demand for the iPhone 5 right in time for the holiday season, it may not have addressed the issue when it comes to iPad mini and the new iMacs (which will be available on Friday, November 30).
Taiwanese publication – DigiTimes reports that the panels for the iPad mini have reportedly seen low yield rates. According to the report, AU Optronics (AUO) – one of the suppliers of the iPad mini panels seems to be having the issues.
This has caused the overall shipment proportion of AUO panels used in the iPad mini to drop to about 22%, down from AUO’s original 40% target, added the sources.
Apple is said to have set a ten million shipment target for the iPad mini for the fourth quarter of 2012, but might only reach six million during the period largely as a result of production delays at AUO, said the sources.
As for the iMac, it seems LG Display, which is the sole supplier of display panels for the new iMacs has limited capacity as it had to develop a new production process, which is resulting in delay in shipments.
Apple is expected to reach its shipment targets for both the iPad mini and 21.5- and 27-inch iMacs during the first quarter of 2013, as parts providers in its supply chain are expected to increase their yields by then, added the sources.
Yesterday, Apple announced that the 21.5-inch iMac will be available through Apple’s Online Store and Apple authorized resellers on Friday, while the 27-inch iMacs will be available for order through Apple’s Online Store and will begin shipping in December.