If everything we've heard to date holds true, Apple will be announcing the iPad mini sometime this month. But while Apple has yet to so much as schedule an event, manufacturers are already racing to get iPad mini accessories ready to launch alongside it. Now Macotakara reports some of them may have raced too hastily.
Large OEM mobile accessory maker has stopped their iPad mini case production, because the form of iPad mini seems to be changed.
Accessory makers require a high level precision, down to 0.2mm of tolerance to make form-fitting cases. So if there's even a minor change it could require new molds and new manufacturing runs. Which is part of the danger when you try to leap to market based on parts and leaks for otherwise not-yet-existing products.
Since Apple won't be changing the iPad mini case from a rounded rectangle to a triangle or pentagram anytime soon, however, there likely hasn't been any sort of change that will matter to consumers. Nor would a consumer ever be aware of one anyway.
As to larger manufacturing issues, those rumors are passed around literally every time Apple has a new product release on the horizon. That makes it difficult to sort the real from the really fake. Because Apple seldom pre-announces products or product features months in advance, however, if there ever is a problem or a showstopper, it can be factored internally and timelines can be adjusted accordingly. Then events can be announced, press releases dropped, and products launched.
Until then, it's interesting inside baseball chatter to be sure, and part of the grand pre-release rumor roller-coaster to be certain, but it's not anything to worry about beyond that. Unless they decide to make it horseshoe shaped...