IPad Mini in Short Supply Until Next Year

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Apple's shiniest new 7-inch tablet is in mini supply due to overseas production issues that could make the device hard to come by until early next year, a new report suggests.

According to the Digitimes, the iPad Mini and the new iMac may be in short supply largely in part to display production with manufacturers such as LG Display and AU Optronics. The report said the issue could continue until the first quarter.

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“Mass production of panels used in the iPad mini has reportedly suffered low yield rates, and backlight module providers have also had a shortage of supplies, which is affecting the amount of iPad minis that can be shipped in 2012,” a source told Digitimes.

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Although Apple has targeted 10 million shipments for the iPad mini in the fourth quarter of 2012, the display issues could push those numbers back to 6 million.

The news comes just one day after Apple announced its ultra-thin new iMacs will go on sale on Friday, Nov. 30. As of right now, Apple's website notes a shipping date of two weeks after iPad mini orders are placed.

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