I cannot believe how the shortage in supply of displays come up after the product has been rolled out. Did Apple not check whether the required number of displays could be supplied by the manufacturers in the first place? Apple is supposed to be experienced in all this and should have managed such risks much more professionally and in time. I don't think Apple can make such a big and obvious mistake like that.
I am wondering whether this is a simple case of a marketing move to give the impression that the new iPads are short in supply. Therefore, even the potential customers who cannot decide whether to buy the new iPad jump on board and buy one because they don't want to miss the valuable opportunity due the supply problems. Most people feel privileged by having something that others don't and this is a perfect weakness waiting to be exploited by sales and marketing teams. I wonder if Apple is actually using this consumer psychology with the new product roll out.
@Cryptoman: It is widely believed that at least part of this craze has been orchestrated by Apple, but I doubt we will ever know for sure. As for displays, Apple invested more than $3 billion a little over a year ago to secure supply. As a supplier, I wouldn't want to irritate Apple. On the other hand, supplier Samsing and Apple are suing one another. The supply chain makes for strange bedfellows.
@SCOT: I believe Samsung is spinning off the LCD busiess but will continue to own it. I'm not sure if the Retina display, which is on the new iPad, is an OLED. I know the Retina manufacturing technology has to be licensed and there aren't a lot of factories with the capability.
Displays are certainly very challenging to manufacture considering the fact that any defects will immediately be seen through picture quality or through the life of display itself. Anyways I belive LG, Sharp and Samsung together could easily provide the apple with the required volumes of displays.
<It is widely believed that at least part of this craze has been orchestrated by Apple, but I doubt we will ever know for sure>
Barbara, you are right. We might never know for sure. I think it doesn't seem logical for Apple to restrict supply intentionally. They already have high brand loyalty and most often than not their products do well on the market. With such consumer loyalty a brand would not limit supply intentionally as it will produce some unsatisfied customers.
"So it appears Apple didn't underestimate demand for the iPad. It underestimated its suppliers' production ability"Itseemstobelikethat,althoughIhavemydoubtsaboutit.Itisthesecondtimethatthishappeningsoitlookslikeamarketingtrickratheranunderestimatedemand.
I think Apple may equip with enough number of display panel stocks. Normally there is a large initial pull for almost all Apple products and the same may happen for IPad 3 also. My doubt is for a handy device like IPad, whether such high resolution display is required or not?.
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