30 Oct '13, 4am
iPad mini with Retina display may see shortages due to limited supplies of Sharp panels, say sources
iPad mini with Retina display may see shortages due to limited supplies of Sharp panels, say sources Julian Ho, Taipei; Adam Hwang, DIGITIMES [Wednesday 30 October 2013] The availability of the iPad mini with Retina display may not be enough to meet market demand because Sharp's supply of 7.9-inch Retina display panels based on its Oxide TFT process is seeing low yield rates, according to sources with Taiwan's supply chain. LG Display (LGD) is another supplier 7.9-inch Retina panels, the sources noted. LGD uses a-Si process and accounts for about 60% of the panels supplied for use in Apple's iPad mini with Retina display, with Sharp accounting for 40%, the sources said. AU Optronics (AUO) and Innolux have tried to obtain orders for 7.9-inch Retina panels from Apple but failed, the sources added. LGD also supplies 60% of 9.7-inch Retina panels for use in the iPad Air, with ...