Pretty much on schedule, a major publication has claimed an unannounced Apple product to be 'constrained' and 'delayed'. This time it's the rumored Retina iPad mini, which Apple has been working on for some time, and which may or may not be released this October. Retina screens on new devices have always been challenging in terms of supply, but also in terms of powering the sheer number of pixels without destroying battery life. But these stories never seem grounded in reality as they do creating a stir in media and market. Reuters:
The reason behind the delays in manufacturing the retina display screens for the iPad Mini were unclear. One source at a supplier said there were delays in Apple's certification of panel producers, which were given strict power-saving requirements.
LG Display Co Ltd, Samsung Electronics Co Ltd's display unit and Sharp Corp all vied to manufacture the panels, supply chain sources said.
The three display makers declined to comment.
Getting Retina display in the iPad mini is non-trivial. 2048x1536 at 7.9-inches is a lot of pixels, and getting it powered and lasting for 10-hours on a charge in a device that thin and light is non-trivial. Apple has been working on it for a long time. When they nail it, they'll announce it, and then they'll ship it precisely when they mean to. Just like always.
And then we can brace for iPhone 6 "constrained!", "delayed!" stories, right?