No iPad 3 This Year, Apple Cancels iPad 3 Orders For 2011


While rumors were raging about a next generation iPad debuting this fall, it is being reported that Apple has canceled its 1.5-2 million unit order. Speculation is that the HD screen manufacturers for Apple’s next generation tablet can’t come to an agreement on pricing.

This squashes any little bit of hope we all had to purchase the next big thing from Apple. It looks like we’ll be purchasing the iPad 2 after all instead of holding out.

Digitimes reports:

US-based tablet PC players Apple has recently canceled its iPad 3 supply schedule for the second half of 2011, forcing other tablet PC brand vendors that are set to launch same-level product to compete, to follow suit and delay their launch; however, supply of the iPad 2 in the second half will still be maintained at 28-30 million units, according to sources from the upstream supply chain.

Apple was originally set to launch its iPad 3 in the second half of 2011 with a supply volume of 1.5-2 million units in the third quarter and 5-6 million in the fourth quarter, but Apple’s supply chain partners have recently discovered that the related figures have all already been deleted, the sources pointed out.

The sources believe that the yield rate of the 9.7-inch panel that feature resolution of 2,048 by 1,536 may be the major reason of the supply delay since such panels are mainly supplied by Japan-based Sharp with a high price and Apple’s other supply partners Samsung Electronics and LG Display are both unable to reach a good yield. Since Apple is unable to control a certain level of supply volume, the iPad 3 is unlikely to be mass produced as scheduled, the sources added.