Apple iPad Air 2 is probably the biggest upgrade for Apple’s tablet line up. The company mentioned it’s using a new kind of anti-reflective coating which reduces reflections by 56 percent.
However, it appears this new hardware improvement is causing production issues, which may result in low production, a new report from Digitimes suggests, citing their industry sources.
Touch panel maker TPK expects its performance to increase slightly in the fourth quarter of 2014 as orders from Apple are expected to increase, according to industry sources.
But the increases in orders will be limited due to shifts in the supply chain coupled with yield rate issues with the production of the new iPad’s screens with anti-reflective coating, the sources said.
Previous reports hinted that iPad 2 could be in limited quantities at launch, and it seems they could be correct after all. Apple has started taking pre-orders of the tablet, but they didn’t reveal any exact availability date. Recently, John Lewis confirmed it will start shipping the iPad 2 from October 22nd, but the cellular models will launch at a later date. Even the online Apple store lists a two to four days shipping for the iPads.
TPK handles some of the touch panels production for the new iPads, while the remainder is handled by Apple’s long-time partner Foxconn. There’s no word if they are experiencing yield issues or not, but the report further mentions that iPad Air 2 shipments could be around seven to nine million for 2014.
There’s no confirmation from Apple, but we’ll find out if iPad Air 2 is really having supply issues or not once it’s available for sale.