Rumor: Apple to cut iPad mini shipments by up to 20% in Q2, may signal next ...Sources, who provide the publication with supply chain information related to various components of Apple's 7.9-inch tablet, the shipment cut could peak at 20 percent in April and continue throughout the second quarter.
If the numbers are correct, the decrease may bring total iPad mini shipments to as low as 10 million units for the three month period ending in June.
No specifics were given as to the reasoning behind the drawdown, but the publication claims Apple is adjusting channel reserves for a next-generation model expected to be unveiled in the third quarter. The sources speculate the cut is due to heightened competition from rival 7-inch form factor tablets running Google's Android operating system.
Market research firm NPD noted in February that Apple is likely to ship 55 million iPad minis and 33 million iPads in 2013, a significant change from Cupertino's December expectations of 40 million and 60 million units, respectively.
It was reported earlier in March that Apple was making preparations for a third-quarter launch of the second-generation iPad mini, which will supposedly boast an upgraded Retina display .
Fifth-Generation iPad Could Be Thinner Thanks To A Smaller LED Backlight-->
The fourth-generation iPad featured only minor changes compared to the previous model, but it looks like the fifth-generation iPad might be a little thinner thanks to a smaller backlight . This could bring the new iPad closer to the second-generation iPad in thickness and weight.
According to Paul Semenza of NPD DisplaySearch, “It’s likely that part of the thinner/lighter design will be reducing the size of the LED backlight, partly by making the display more efficient and partly by using more efficient LEDs.”
He expects other modifications to reduce thickness as well, including a shift to a film-based touch sensor. It’s still not clear if Apple will change the display technology though, such as by using IGZO (indium gallium zinc oxide).
IGZO technology has been pursued by Sharp and it was actually thought that it would be used in the third-generation Retina iPad, but it wasn’t. Sharp’s IGZO technology is used in smaller devices sold in the Japanese market.
Compared to the second-generation iPad, the third- and fourth-generation models gained some weight and thickness, mostly because of the technologies that supported the Retina display.