New iPad mini with Retina display can see supply shortage. As the 7.9-inch Retina display panel supplier Sharp is facing low yield rates that will limit its supply.
Apple's new iPad mini with Retina display supply can go short. Apple might not be able to fulfill the market demand. The reason behind this shortage is the limited supply of 7.9-inch Retina display panels by Sharp.
Sharp has very low yield of these Retina display panels based on Oxide TFT process. Taiwan sources claim that Sharp is not manufacturing enough Retina panels to meet the high market demand. Sharp supplies 40% of the total Retina iPad mini display panels.
LG is the other major supplier of Retina panels. LG Display (LGD) supplies the remaining 60% of these 7.9-inch Retina display panels. LGD panels are based on a-Si process. LG Display is also the major supplier for iPad Air Retina display panels. Apple took 60% supply of 9.7-inch Retina panels from LGD. Samsung Display supplies the remaining 40% of 9.7-inch Retina panels.
Two other panel suppliers have tried to take orders for 7.9-inch Retina panels from Apple. But the tech giant refused to give them Retina panels supply order.