The Apple iPad Mini isn't due to be released until November 2nd , but we're already hearing about potential stock shortages.
Apple are bound to sell a huge amount of iPad Mini's over the Christmas period and would have done everything in their power to ensure retailers have adequate stock. However, according to analyst Richard Shin there won't be enough iPad Mini's available to satisfy demand.
Shim , who works for NPD DisplaySearch, told CNET that Apple look set to face stock shortages due to the low-yield of some suppliers. Apparently, the main issue relates to production of the iPad Mini's 7.9 inch touch-screen with their new supplier AUO.
Apple are already suffering from similar stock shortages with the iPhone 5, which has led to many retailers having to miss out on potential iPhone sales. With this in mind it's very possible that the iPad Mini could suffer a similar fate.
The iPad Mini was announced on Tuesday with prices starting at £269, which puts it in competition with Google's Nexus 7 and Amazon's Kindle Fire. However, we still feel that Apple are mainly aiming the tablet at those looking for a smaller premium tablet or a more affordable iPad.
By Simon Thomas on 25th October, 2012