Apple tablet to face supply issuses from launch
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With the second-generation Apple iPad scheduled to be officially unveiled tomorrow, Wednesday March 2nd, the tablet looks set to face a delayed launch as screen issues affect stock supplies, new reports suggest.
Word from Wall Street, more specifically industry analyst Bill Shope at Goldman Sachs, has alerted investors to the potential delay to the iPad 2 hitting stores global as Apple struggles to produce the device’s screen to high enough quantities to meet the expected high demand.
Communicating directly with investors, Shope wrote: "It appears that Apple is once again pushing the technology envelope by making the device far thinner than the original iPad, and the iPad 2's ultra-thin glass screen is generating yield issues."
Adding a silver lining to this very cloudy prediction Shope added: "This appears to be more of a process problem as opposed to a technology problem, and we wouldn't be surprised to see volumes ramp fairly quickly as the process improves."
Shope’s talk of a thinner display fits with predictions and rumours that the iPad 2 will be unveiled sporting a thinner, flat-backed form factor alongside front and rear-mounted cameras, Apple’s FaceTime video calling technology and an improver speaker.
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