Apple Drops iPad 3 Schedule Due To Display Production Issues

If you were expecting a next-gen iPad to come sometime this year, you might as well forget about it, according to Taiwanese website DigiTimes.

Apple was apparently planning the release of an iPad 3 for the second half of 2011, but recently the orders have been cancelled and the original 2011 launch plan is now unlikely to happen. The reason for this, according to Apple's supply chain partners, is because of production constraints for higher resolution display panels.

It seems that the supply schedule for Apple's next gen tablet was 1.5-2 million 'iPad 3' units in Q3 of 2011 and 5-6 million in the fourth quarter. According to the DigiTimes report "Apple's supply chain partners have recently discovered that the related figures have all already been deleted."

The shortcoming that caused the supply delay for the rumoured iPad 3 seems to be the yield rates for 9.7 inch panels with 2,048 by 1,536 pixel resolution. Neither of Apple's two panel suppliers, Samsung Electronics or LG display, has managed to reach the proper production levels and to overcome their shortfall.

"Due to iPad 3's requirements over the physical thinness, rich color support and toughness will all conflict with the panel's technology restrictions; therefore, this could cause a delay in the launch," the report noted.