Apple Turns To Samsung Due To Retina IPad Mini Panel Supply Shortage

Posted: Nov 1 2013, 8:44am CDT | by , in Apple


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Apple Turns to Samsung Due to Retina iPad Mini Panel Supply Shortage
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Apple is reportedly facing iPad mini Retina panel supply shortage. And it is so desperate that it is turning to Samsung for the required LCDs.

The impossible has just become possible! Apple has started to extend feelers in the direction of its competitor Samsung. The whole issue arose when it came face to face with a problem of monumental dimensions. The panels for its latest Retina iPad mini were in short supply leading to panic at the headquarters. That was when a makeshift arrangement was decided upon.

Samsung was sought in a last ditch effort. Where its usual suppliers (LG and Sharp) failed, Apple is looking to its bitter rival. It is indeed a paradox. Japan’s NTT DoCoMo was the first to get a whiff of this about face move by Apple. This company too once stood on the opposite shore from Apple. Yet today it is a vital member of the Apple Empire.

All the fingers point in the direction of Sharp. It bears a major share of the responsibility for this drought in device parts. Providing over 40% of the components, its efforts went awry this time around. Much to the disappointment of Apple, Samsung is the only source left for negotiations regarding manufacture of the dwindling spare parts.

Even LG seems to be up against a wall of sorts. The manufacturing process is lagging behind the demand. The panels will be scarce during the Christmas season leading to new worries at Apple. The device meanwhile will be launched at some later date in the future.

Source: AppleInsider

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