DigiTimes reports that Apple is delaying the release of a new iPad model this Fall due to retina display issues.
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.
Sources tell Digitimes that the iPad 3 panel, on account of its high density display, requires a larger backlight source and that using a single edge light bar isn’t a tenable solution. Moreover, Apple’s insistence on a thin form factor and a sturdy design “conflict with the panel’s technology restrictions.”
Interestingly enough, and in a sign of the times, the report also notes that other tablet manufacturers are now delaying the launch of their own devices as well. You know, because, nothing spells success like blindly following another company’s product roadmap and release schedule.