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Sharp “Nearly Halted” Production of iPad Displays

by Todd Haselton | January 18, 2013January 18, 2013 3:00 pm PDT

Apple iPad 4 Screen

Sharp has drastically cut the production of iPad displays to the point that the build process is “nearly halted,” according to a report from Reuters on Friday. It’s the second time this week that we’ve heard stories related to Apple’s supply chain—earlier, a report suggested that all of Apple’s suppliers had received cuts in orders for iPhone 5 parts, resulting in fears that demand for Apple products was cooling.

Our guess is Sharp halted production of 9.7-inch display panels after producing enough panels to surpass demand during the fourth quarter and holiday season. It’s also possible that there’s just larger demand for the smaller iPad mini, which is cheaper than the fourth generation iPad.

Reuters said that production levels haven’t changed at LG or Samsung, two other firms that also build iPad displays.


Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...