Apple announced recently that the iPad wouldn’t be shipping in Europe for about a month after it was expected. At the time, Apple gave no reason for the delay other than to say demand in the US was more than expected.
Bloomberg is now reporting that the reason for the delay may be a screen shortage. Apple gets iPad screens from LG Display Co, Samsung, and Seiko Epson. Reports claim that all three vendors are having production issues with the screens.
The problem is that the yield on the large touchscreens is low according to sources. “We understand that the yields on the display have been low and that they’re creating a production bottleneck,” analyst Andrew Rassweiler said in an interview. “That they have been doing it for the iPhone for some time is great, but once you go to 9.7 inches, it is a much more complicated process.”