Supply Chain Sources Confirm New iPad Mini Will Be In Short Supply At Launch

We’ve already heard that the new iPad mini may be in short supply at launch due to low yield rates of its Retina display, and that has now been confirmed by supply chain sources in Taiwan. Sharp and LG Display…Read more ›

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Apple Becoming More Reliant On Samsung For iPad Displays

Apple has been trying to be less dependent on Samsung components for years now, but ditching its rival has been a lot more difficult than imagined, mostly because there’s not a single company that can church out displays and RAM like Samsung. A new report from NPD DisplaySearch claims that Apple’s dependency on Samsung displays […]

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New iPad Will Feature New Touch Technology To Help Make It Thinner & Lighter [Rumor]

Apple’s fifth-generation iPad will feature a new touchscreen technology that will help it become thinner and lighter, according to industry sources. The device is expected to adopt a new form factor much like the iPad mini’s, with thinner bezels and a smaller frame — and Apple will have to make a number of changes to […]

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iPad Mini With Retina Display To Launch This October [Rumor]

Just this week DigiTimes reported that the iPad mini with Retina display wouldn’t be available until 2014 due to supply constraints, but its “industry sources” appear to have changed their minds. The Korean outlet now reports that the device will launch this October instead. “LG is reportedly making new headway in producing Retina panel technology […]

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iPad Mini Demand Falls As Fans Await New Model [Rumor]

The iPad mini is still less than six months old, and already demand has dropped as fans await the second-generation model. That’s if you take any notice of DigiTimes, which is reporting that iPad mini shipments will decline by as much as 30% during the second quarter of 2013 due to dying demand.

Upstream sources in the iPad mini supply chain expect a 20-30% decline in shipments for the device during the second quarter of 2013 due to lacking demand in the market.

The lacking demand stems from consumers waiting for the release of the next generation iPad mini, said the sources.

As a result of this reduced demand, Apple has reduced its reserves for the existing iPad mini from 15 million units to 10-12 million units for the first quarter, DigiTimes claims. While the company’s component suppliers are also feeling the change. LG Display reportedly expects panel shipments estimates to reach 3.5 million units in April, down from 5 million units during the previous month.

Despite the reduced demand, Apple still hopes to ship 55 million iPad minis during 2013, the sources say.

It’s not uncommon for consumer demand to drop when a product refresh is anticipated, and we have been talking about the second-generation iPad mini a lot in recent months. Having said that, it seems surprising that Apple would be seeing such reduced demand less than six months after the iPad mini went on sale.

Just a month ago, one report from CNYes claimed that Apple hadn’t seen any significant decline in iPad mini sales since the tablet’s debut, and that there was no chance Apple would refresh the device before it was 12 months old because customers are still in love with the existing model.

Source: DigiTimes

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5th Gen iPad With Thinner Design To Enter Production In July-August [Rumor]

Apple’s fifth-generation iPad will enter production between July and August, according to supply chain sources in Taiwan. The device is expected to sport a thinner, lighter design much like that of the iPad mini, with smaller bezels around its display.

LG Display and Sharp will supply LCD panels for the device, while TPK and ITO will assemble them. But according to the sources for DigiTimes, yield rates for these components — and other key parts — will be “a major concern for smooth production,” suggesting that there could be delays when the device launches later this year.

Previous rumors have claimed that the fifth-generation iPad would be announced this month, and speculation has been fueled by iPad price cuts from several U.S. retailers such as Best Buy, Walmart, and MacMall. But it’s looking increasingly unlikely as the days go on that Apple has anything immediate planned.

Apple’s fourth-generation iPad is just five months old, launching last November alongside the iPad mini. It always seemed unlikely a predecessor would arrive as early as this month, then, but Apple’s previous iPad launches used to happen around March and April.

Source: DigiTimes

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Apple To Launch 4K Ultra HD TV With Voice & Motion Control In Early 2014 [Rumor]

A 4K Ultra HD TV from Samsung.

Apple is gearing up to send its much-anticipated “iTV” into mass production during the second half of this year, according to sources in the Cupertino company’s supply chain, who have been speaking to DigiTimes. The set will reportedly boast a 4K “Ultra HD” display with a 3840×2160 resolution, and it’ll be controlled by voice and motion.

Apple is already in talks with Foxconn and could launch the iTV by the end of 2013, the sources claim, but the company is currently facing difficulties in obtaining 4K panels.

Most of the companies currently manufacturing them are already at full capacity, meeting demand from TV vendors based in China. Furthermore, the panel makers already in Apple’s supply chain are “expected to allocate most of their panel production to the company’s iPhone, iPad and iPad mini products instead,” the report claims.

However, it’s believed Apple is banking on LG Display to take on mass production of Ultra HD panels by the second half of this year. If LG Display can provide an ample supply, then we could see the iTV before the end of the year — but it’s more likely it’ll arrive in early 2014, according to DigiTimes.

Given Apple’s increased focus on high-resolution displays in recent years, launching an iTV with a 4K resolution doesn’t sound out of the question. Having said that, the 4K televisions we’ve seen from other manufacturers so far all come with massive price tags, rarely dipping below $20,000.

It’s also worth noting that DigiTimes hasn’t exactly been a trusted source of information lately — particularly when it comes to Apple rumors. So we always advise you to take them with a healthy helping of salt.

The most recent report regarding Apple’s television came from The Wall Street Journal back in December, which said that Apple was still in the “early stage” of testing the new set, and that it wasn’t even a “formal project” yet. This suggested the iTV could still be several years away from launch — if Apple decides to pursue it; there’s still a chance it could be dropped.

Source: DigiTimes

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Apple To Snub Samsung Displays For All Upcoming iOS Devices [Rumor]

Apple is set to deal Samsung yet another blow by snubbing its displays for all future iOS devices. According to a new report from the Korea Economic Daily, the Cupertino company will purchase panels from Sharp, LG Display, Japan Display, and AU Optronics instead.

The publication has obtained a “request for quotation” (RFQ) document sent out by Apple to its main suppliers, which seeks prices for particular components ahead of a new product launch. And according to the Korean Economics Daily, Samsung wasn’t one of the suppliers included on it.

“As this document is usually sent five-ten months prior to a product’s launch (to give suppliers ample time to deliver the order), it’s the first step of the component purchase process and as such a credible hint of the upcoming changes in Apple’s manufacturing process,” the report reads.

Apple has slowly been moving away from Samsung components wherever it can after the legal battles between the two companies began to escalate last year. In August, Apple was awarded $1.05 billion in damages after a jury ruled that Samsung had infringed its patents with its Galaxy smartphones and tablets.

Source: Korea Economic Daily

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