LG Display and AU Optronics are both supplying displays for Apple’s iPad mini but according to reports the latter is facing some production capacity issues, as described by ‘sources familiar with the matter’. Both companies are “main display suppliers” but Digitimes is reporting that the majority of iPad mini tablets are equipped with LG screens.
Four million panels have been shipped for the iPad mini this month alone and out of these most of them are allegedly made by LG Display. However, because of AU Optronics’ poor yield, Apple is expected to only sell six-to-eight million iPad mini tablets this year, instead of the estimated ten million figure. Google managed to sell around three million Nexus 7 tablets — the iPad mini’s direct competitor — until the end of October and if the trend continues the numbers can reach five million until the end of 2012. However, the Nexus 7 has been on the market since July.