The iPad Mini was announced by Apple on Tuesday this week and it was expected that Apple will achieve other sales records with this new device. The tablet is available in black and white and features a design that is only 7.2 mm in thickness, 23% thinner than the iPad 3. It features the hardware configuration of the 2nd gen iPad and has a 7.9-inch display at a resolution of 1024 x 768.
We’ve barely seen rumors about the shortage of display panels for the iPad Mini that could have affected the first shipments. Market researcher DisplaySearch claims that the iPad Mini shipments will have problems with lack of supply compliance with the demand. Minutes away from the device going on preorder, the estimated shipping date for the Apple tablet went from the estimated November 2 for the white & silver to a “2 weeks” window across all capacity variants.
The cause for the delay in shipments can be the result of either massive demands in a very small space of time or the rumored display shortage we were talking about. Before the official announcement there were almost everyday rumors about Apple ordering huge number of components for the making of the new device. Now that the shortage of components seems to be true, it would seem that Apple came unprepared for the launch of the new device, and the interest greatly exceeded their anticipations. Further details to come as we gather more info.