I believe Tim Cook's statement on expecting iPad Mini shortages is overblown. Lets think about this for a second. Shortages are mostly caused from supply not keeping up with demand due to component shortages. What component would be short? The case? No. The processor? Unlikely, they're churning them out in the iPhone 5S and the iPad Air. They would all have the same shortage if it was the A7 chip. Most people would agree it's due to the new retina display. However, this display isn't new. Incase you didn't know how these displays are manufactured.. in the factory the display is gigantic.. It's then cut into smaller displays. Apple tends to use the same display sheets for multiple devices to lower cost and increase manufacturing productivity. Notice how the iPad Mini's 2048x1536 7.9" display has a PPI of 326, the exact same as the iPhone 4-5S and the iPod Touch? This isn't a coincidence. In order for a sheet to be compatible with the Retina Mini while maintaining the exact resolution as the full sized iPad.. the pixel grid needs to be in the aspect ratio 4:3 which is what the iPad and iPad Mini use. You might think "The iPhone 5S is a 16:9 display". Technically yes, but also no. The iPhone 4 which was the first retina iPhone used a 960x640 display with an aspect ratio of 4:3. With the iPhone 5, they kept the same sheets but cut it longer. Thats why the iPhone 5 has a weird resolution (1136x640). It's the same sheets. It's for this reason that the Retina Mini can and does use the exact same display sheets as the iPhone 4, 4S, 5, 5S, and all Retina iPod Touches. They've been making the same sheet for years.. so I find it hard to believe that a display shortage would be the cause of the problem. What do you guys think? EDIT: I forgot to mention the original iPad Mini (163ppi) used the exact same display sheet as the pre-retina iPhones/iPod Touches. They also had 163ppi.