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  • iPad Mini to Create New Round of Supply Constraints


    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.
    "Despite continued yield challenges, the supply chain feels the much anticipated iPad Mini is on track to reach acceptable volume levels for a launch over the next month," White speculated yesterday. "That said, we believe that supply constraints will initially hold back the full sales potential during the first month or so of the launch."

    White projects that Apple will sell upwards of 7 million iPad Minis before the end of Q4.

    Source: CNET
    This article was originally published in forum thread: iPad Mini to Create New Round of Supply Constraints started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 11 Comments
    1. MgNate's Avatar
      MgNate -
      I'm gonna buy one. I wouldn't use the iPad enough to pay 700 for it so I'm looking forward to the mini!
    1. bisayakid07's Avatar
      bisayakid07 -
      I need to start saving now...
    1. PatrickGSR94's Avatar
      PatrickGSR94 -
      wow, slow iPhone news day huh?
    1. Amadomon's Avatar
      Amadomon -
      Quote Originally Posted by MgNate View Post
      I'm gonna buy one. I wouldn't use the iPad enough to pay 700 for it so I'm looking forward to the mini!
      The only reason I fire up my laptop is to sync my iPad. Kinda silly...
    1. Maylene's Avatar
      Maylene -
      Quote Originally Posted by MgNate View Post
      I'm gonna buy one. I wouldn't use the iPad enough to pay 700 for it so I'm looking forward to the mini!
      Good thing they start at $499.
    1. Robsbrutal's Avatar
      Robsbrutal -
      Quote Originally Posted by Maylene View Post
      Good thing they start at $499.
      Really?! I couldn't find prices anywhere online! I hope they aren't as much as a regular iPad...that just wouldn't make sense
    1. Gamemaster77's Avatar
      Gamemaster77 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Amadomon View Post
      The only reason I fire up my laptop is to sync my iPad. Kinda silly...
      It's funny and cool how everyone uses these things for drastically different purposes. If I had an iPad, I would probably only use it when I'm not at my laptop, and would often connect to my laptop with it. Other people like you, are the complete opposite.
    1. SuperBillyson's Avatar
      SuperBillyson -
      Quote Originally Posted by Robsbrutal View Post
      Really?! I couldn't find prices anywhere online! I hope they aren't as much as a regular iPad...that just wouldn't make sense
      Pretty sure he was talking about the "full size" iPad, not the mini...
    1. Amadomon's Avatar
      Amadomon -
      Quote Originally Posted by Gamemaster77 View Post
      It's funny and cool how everyone uses these things for drastically different purposes. If I had an iPad, I would probably only use it when I'm not at my laptop, and would often connect to my laptop with it. Other people like you, are the complete opposite.
      Well, two mitigating factors: 1) I have a BT keyboard, and 2) I spend all day at work on a computer. The last thing I would want to do at home after work is more hard-core computing.
    1. buckysam's Avatar
      buckysam -
      Wow. Its an ipad, only smaller. thats so cool. Like everyone wants one because its smaller.
    1. goofball2k's Avatar
      goofball2k -
      Quote Originally Posted by buckysam View Post
      Wow. Its an ipad, only smaller. thats so cool. Like everyone wants one because its smaller.
      Makes sense to me. Not that "everyone" wants one but the portability difference is key. Many ladies at work don't want the regular iPad because it is pretty big to carry around and are anxiously awaiting the iPad mini.