AU Optronics Reportedly Making up Ground on 'iPad Mini' Display Production

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Amid reports of component yield issues holding back launch supplies of the "iPad mini" earlier this month, it was reported that AU Optronics, which had been slated to produce two million display panels during the third quarter, was experiencing issues that resulted in the company providing only 400,000 units over that time period. AU Optronics was said to be responsible for 40% of Apple's target of five million panels for the quarter, with LG Display responsible for the other 60%.

    Just a week before Apple is expected to introduce the iPad mini, China Economic News Service now reports that AU Optronics has resolved its production issues and is making up for lost time by boosting its production from two million panels per month to three million at Apple's request.
    The new production target is said to be going into effect in "mid-October", although it is not entirely clear how quickly those additional panels will make their way through the supply chain and into finished products.

    A launch date for the iPad mini is not yet known, but Apple's history of major iOS device launches suggests that availability could come approximately a week and a half after its October 23 introduction, with Friday, November 2 being a possible debut date. First-generation products have, however, in the past seen longer lead times than new versions of existing products.

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  2. macrumors 6502a


    Jun 25, 2008
    Meridian, ID
    At this point I'd be surprised to not see an iPad Mini. :p
  3. macrumors regular


    Jul 30, 2009
    I understand Apple will rename the existing product the Maxi iPad after introducing the Mini.
  4. macrumors 68040


    Dec 28, 2009
    As is always the case, never buy first gen products. Those that do, I can foresee a TON of "My screen sucks on my iPad Mini" threads. And people complained about the iPad 3 screen :rolleyes:
  5. macrumors 68020


    May 28, 2009
    Montreal, Canada
    Sure, just like they did with the Maxi iPod!

    Oh wait.
  6. macrumors member

    Jun 20, 2007
    you're really proud of yourself huh? so clever. did you come up with that all on your own lol
  7. macrumors 604


    May 28, 2005
    Is it just me, or does that look like the same size as a Galaxy Note? You know, the one all the fanboys say is too big...
  8. macrumors 6502a

    Mar 6, 2009
    Did I miss the useful info- is it Retina or near Retina?
  9. macrumors G4


    Mar 24, 2006
    AU make decent screens. I remember them from the PowerBook days.
  10. macrumors 6502a


    Jun 18, 2008
    No invitations yet to this supposedly event. Don't disappoint us, Tim. We need that rMBP 13".
  11. macrumors member


    Aug 5, 2010
    any apple store in the US OF A(pple)
    Seriously...I'd be surprised if anyone still thinks the iPad mini ISN'T going to happen...then again a lot of the "it's an iPhone 6" crowd might still say no way up untill right before the announcement.
  12. macrumors regular

    Aug 31, 2010
    Ontario, Canada
    I don't have a tablet at the moment but if this is real I might have to get it. The only downside is that I know the price will be double of any other 7 inch tablet. I feel it will be $299-399 minimum.
  13. macrumors 68020

    Mar 11, 2009
    Yeah one is a phone and other is a tablet?

    Is this post even serious?
  14. macrumors 68040


    Feb 9, 2005
    It's a bit hard to avoid, isn't it? iPad 1 was a new product category = 1st gen. iPad 2 was a major hardware redesign = 1st gen. iPad 3 was the iPad 2 with a brand new type of display in it = 1st gen. iPad 4 will have that display but the rest will probably be redesigned again = 1st gen.

    Or take stuff the iPod Nano, which radically redesigned from the ground up every time a new model comes out. If you're gonna hold out for a tried and true Nano you can NEVER buy one. You wouldn't be able to buy much Apple stuff at all, other than interim iPhone models with "S" attached to their names, speedbumped Macs, the iPod Classic and Shuffle, the Thunderbolt display, and the keyboard+mouse.
  15. macrumors 68000


    Jan 16, 2002
    Denver, CO
    I know people are talking about price control, but I see no way this mini is not retina. That would be a major differentiator amongst tightening competition.
  16. macrumors 601


    Oct 1, 2010
    I wouldn't avoid a first gen product. While there will be some issues it rarely is for a majority of the users.

    If I wanted an iPad mini (depends on price points) then i would get the first generatoin.

    ---------- probably is
  17. macrumors regular


    Oct 15, 2011
    Actually it's bigger, and btw, it's NOT a phone.
  18. macrumors newbie

    May 29, 2012
    The screen won't be retina, as already stated. Maybe we will be surprised, who knows? But with the alleged focus on iBooks during the event I think the display will have to be pretty close to retina, as reading books on the iPad 1/2 was pretty underwhelming, seeing the pixels and all.
  19. macrumors 601


    Oct 1, 2007
    My pre-unibody MacBook Pro had an AUO screen also. I preferred it to Samsung and LG counterparts.

    Can't speak for the company's quality on the whole (I just have no clue).
  20. macrumors 68040

    Apr 6, 2006
    I don't adhere to this philosophy myself as I think it's just a wee bit paranoid. :D

    I mean, sure there are problems. Waiting around for nirvana is gonna be a long.......wait.
  21. macrumors member

    Jun 6, 2008
    Agree. Dont buy first generation. Might have lots of issues.
  22. macrumors 6502

    Jan 20, 2010
    I would love to pick up a 3G/4G iPad Mini for less than $400. Hope that price is a reality.
  23. NOV
    macrumors 6502


    Mar 27, 2004
    The Netherlands
    Was thinking the same, isn't it a bit late to schedule a presentation for the 23th?
  24. macrumors 68020

    May 23, 2011
    You are missing the joke, think feminine it?
  25. macrumors regular


    Jan 6, 2011

    It would seem to me that, if this is indeed ture, the invites would have to go no later than Wedneday?

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