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LG to Ship 3 Million Panels for Planned 2013 iPad mini 2 Launch

One week after the Economic Daily News reported that the iPad mini 2 would be delayed until 2014, the DigiTimes claims LG will "ship about 2-3 million" Retina panels a month in preparation for Apple's next-generation iPad mini launch in October. The DigiTimes also reports that LG is prepared to ship "2.5-3 million 9.7-inch panels a month for the iPad in the third quarter of 2013."

iPad mini with Retina Display

Several sources, including Taiwan's Economic Daily News, claim otherwise, citing production issues with the supply chain as the reason for Apple's delay. The Economic Daily News previously reported that low yields of second-generation iPad mini Retina displays have caused Apple to push back the tablet's release to 2014. The outlet also suggested that Apple may release an updated and more affodable non-Retina version of the iPad mini for the 2013 holiday shopping season. However, everyone seems to agree Apple will release a new 9.7-inch iPad in 2013.

Apple Just Can't Get Enough iPad Screens

Shipping time for a new iPad is already set at 7-10 business days, but a shortage could be looming as parts manufacturers struggle to keep up with demand for orders from Apple. The latest company to signal it was having trouble is Korean company LG Display, who manufactures the 9.7 inch IPS LCD display found in the iPad.

Apple iPad manufacturing LG

LG reported it was currently running at full capacity, but would have to reduce production in August due to low demand for television screens. iPad screen production could be increased, however LG Display CEO Kwon Young-soo predicts that supplies will be tight until early 2011. Apple could be forced to find another supplier to augment production at LG is demand keeps up over the next several months.

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