iPad 5 and iPad mini 2 release delayed by touch-sensor shortage

Apple could be forced to hold off the launch of updated models of the iPad mini and the standard-sized iPad, reports suggest, amid indications of shortages of a crucial component. As per sources cited by DigiTimes, Apple’s chief supplier of thin-film touch sensors, Nissha, has revealed serious shortages because of “an insufficient production capacity”.

The sensors are apparently designed to feature in the next versions of the iPad and its junior stablemate, which some claim could launch simultaneously during the 2nd quarter. With an effort to fulfill demand, the company plans to increase output by 30 % before the end of the 1st quarter of the year. However, with Nissha presently thought to be able to produce 60 million touch sensors yearly and total need for both tablets forecasted to hit 85 million models, that still sounds like they’re cutting it fine to us.

The news raises the prospect that Apple could fight to service suppliers along with supply and may opt to delay the release of one of the units until later in the year.

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