The latest reports from sources within Apple’s supply chain indicate that the Apple iTV may be delayed due to a shortage of display panels.
According to DigiTimes, sources within the Apple supply chain are telling them that there simply won’t be enough of the the IGZO (indium gallium zinc oxide) panels Sharp produces to roll out the iTV in the second quarter of this year. If true, the launch of the long-rumored Apple television set could be pushed to the second half of this year at the earliest.
Apparently the issue surfaced when Samsung and LG announced their upcoming OLED television sets, absorbing all of the capacity for the panels, causing Apple to switch to the IGZO panels from Sharp as the two Korean manufacturers would not be sharing any of their production capacity with their competition. Japanese panel manufacturer Sharp is not yet ready to produce the IGZO panels in the numbers that Apple would need to meet the proposed second quarter launch, leaving the company with no choice but to push the release back.
We’ll just have to wait and see if Apple has to skip the rumored April/May launch window for the iTV, but if it comes down to a shortage of panels that does it, that’s going to be a very frustrating time for the Cupertino-based company.