Several industry rumors have already pointed to short supply of the screens used in the iPad Mini with Retina display, but there may be more to the story than an inability to manufacture enough units.
According to ETNews, Sharp, which was tapped as a supplier of the screens used in the iPad mini with Retina display, is running into quality control issues with its IGZO screens, which are prone to burn-in issues. Burn-in occurs when a display is left on a static screen too long and aspects of it are “burned” in to the screen. It’s been a concern for screen makers for years, and is one of the original reasons why we ever had screen savers. Thankfully, the issue with the iPad mini is apparently naked to the human eye — though still not up to Apple’s standards. Apple’s other major display supplier, LG, apparently doesn’t have this problem.
Samsung, meanwhile, has reportedly been tapped to help manufacture displays at a quicker pace, despite Apple’s continued efforts to move away from the company as a parts supplier. Apple still has yet to set a launch date for the iPad mini with Retina, though the company promises it will hit the market sometime in November.