A week of news from Apple’s component suppliers. We started out knowing that Apple had cut back on iPhone 5 component purchases, then they were disproved, and now we hear that Sharp has dramatically reduced production of 9.7-inch iPad screens, to surely focus on the iPad mini.
This is component news week, and Sharp wasn’t about to run out of his ration. They’ve always been blamed for never being able to meet the demand for panels that Apple needs. Their IGZO technology is to blame for this, which caused many panels to fail off the production line .
We now learn that the Japanese manufacturer has lowered production of 9.7-inch panels for the iPad to a minimum, and that this reduction began progressively at the end of 2012 .
>Our sources did not say whether the reduction in production was due to sales or because they were now going to focus on the iPad mini, but at this point we cannot quantify the sales of the Apple tablet.
Some dare to say that this has to do with changing suppliers, or that the iPad mini has been so successful in sales that the 9.7-inch iPad sells too little to have a high screen output.
And this is something we will probably never know, because when Apple announces its economic results this coming Wednesday, they will give the global sales of the iPad , and they never break down the products individually.
The third hypothesis that remains is that Apple has the next generation of the iPad in its hands , and they are making new panels. But surely the panel of the new iPad fifth generation is the same as the one of the iPad fourth generation, so there is not much sense in this assessment.
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