Apple to Push iPad 3 to 2012 Due to Retina Display Shortages?

Sources for DigiTimes claim that Apple will be pushing the release of the next-generation iPad to next year due to shortages of a high-resolution Retina display. Rumors initially suggested that the iPad 3 would be released in the second half of 2011, but the manufacturing bottleneck may make this goal unrealistic.

The sources believe that the yield rate of the 9.7-inch panel that feature resolution of 2,048 by 1,536 may be the major reason of the supply delay since such panels are mainly supplied by Japan-based Sharp with a high price and Apple’s other supply partners Samsung Electronics and LG Display are both unable to reach a good yield. Since Apple is unable to control a certain level of supply volume, the iPad 3 is unlikely to be mass produced as scheduled, the sources added.


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