November 27, 2013
Most of the early bottlenecks in the supply chain have been eliminated for Apple’s recently introduced iPad mini with Retina display. So much so, the Cupertino, Calif.-based company has increased orders for the 7.9-inch tablet in November, according to DigiTimes. For the month, Apple has ordered 4 million iPad mini with Retina display units. This has “already surpassed those for the first-generation iPad mini,” sources have noted. Meanwhile, the iPad Air continues to experience a much “more stable supply” compared to previous-generation devices when launched. DigiTimes notes:
Shortages of Retina displays were the main reason causing the iPad mini to suffer from tight supply since manufacturing a 7-inch Retina display is more difficult than a 9.7-inch one, the sources explained.Apple introduced both new iPads on Oct. 22. However, the second-generation iPad mini didn’t launch until Nov 19. The iPad Air arrived in stores on Nov. 1. See also: Shipping Estimates For 16GB, 32GB Wi-Fi Retina iPad mini Now Also 5-10 Days, and It's Getting Easier To Buy An iPad mini With Retina Display.