Apple has supposedly canceled orders with its suppliers due to problems with the Retina Display.
IPad 3 delays its release until 2012
According to Digitime report :
“Apple was originally set to launch its iPad 3 in the second half of 2011 with a supply volume of 1.5-2 million units in the third quarter and 5-6 million in the fourth quarter, but Apple’s supply chain partners have recently discovered that the related figures have all already been deleted, the sources pointed out.”
This may finally put an end to iPad 3 rumors this year; the rumors crazily predict the iPad 3 will come this fall with A6 processor and Retina Display. Indeed Apple is ready to take Retina display but the problem is right here, seeing the reason bellow.
The reason why it delays?
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.
So this lead to the result that forcing other tablet PC brand vendors that are set to launch same-level product to compete, to follow suit and delay their launch; however, supply of the iPad 2 in the second half will still be maintained at 28-30 million units, according to sources from the upstream supply chain.