Supplies of the new iPad could be limited at launch due to production issues with a new ultra-thin glass screen, according to AppleInsider.
Bill Shope with Goldman Sachs said in a note to investors this week that sources in Apple's overseas supply chain have indicated that the iPad 2 may be affected by production difficulties. These alleged problems could result in limited supply available at launch, for a surprising product availability that AppleInsider has heard could happen near immediately.
"It appears that Apple is once again pushing the technology envelope by making the device far thinner than the original iPad, and the iPad 2's ultra-thing glass screen is generating yield issues," the analyst wrote. "This appears to be more of a process problem as opposed to a technology problem, and we wouldn't be surprised to see volumes ramp fairly quickly as the process improves."
Last week a report claimed Apple shipments of the iPad 2 may have been delayed from April until June due to production bottlenecks at Hon Hai. This report was widely discredited by several sources including DigiTimes who said Apple has chosen to drop production volume targets to keep the tablet on schedule.
Apple is expected to unveil the iPad 2 at a special event on March 2nd.
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