Apple iPad Mini tablet shipments to drop by 30 per cent?

Apple could be in for a nasty surprise in the second quarter of 2013 as upstream sources in the iPad Mini supply chain claim that they expect a decline in the number of tablets shipped over that period because of a soft market.

Siu Han and Alex Wolfgram of Digitimes, say that the decrease in order could be as big as 30 per cent compared to the previous quarter and may be linked to people waiting for the next version of the iPad Mini.

Apple, the sources say, has adjusted its reserves for the current iPad Mini to around 10 to 12 million units this quarter down from around 15 million in Q1 2013. The company is expected to ship 55 million units in 2013.

The drop in demand is going to have a knock down effect on component suppliers such as panel makers. LG Display, the report mentions, may see its combined order for the Apple iPad and the iPad Mini fall from five million in March 2013 to 3.5 million in April and three million in May and June 2013.

Neither of the journalists mention growing competition from the likes of the Google Nexus 7 or the Samsung Galaxy Tab as a potential reason for the expected drop in order. Check out our review of the Apple iPad Mini tablet here.