Apple's iPhone 5 may have been the tech darling of fall, but the iPad mini could be the dazzling must-have product for winter. As a result, no matter which device is the hottest item on the tech menu, both will push Apple's suppliers to the brink for the rest of 2012.
According to analyst Brian White of Topeka Capital Markets, Apple's iPad Mini will launch strong out of the gate, but its full sales potential may not be realized in response to demand outpacing supply again - at least initially.
Due to the tiny tablet's complex design, Apple's supply chain is having a tough time producing it, Topeka Capital analyst Brian White wrote to investors today, according to Business Insider, which obtained a copy of the note. White said that he now expects the iPad Mini to launch sometime next month, four to six weeks behind his original prediction.
White projects that Apple will sell upwards of 7 million iPad Minis before the end of Q4.