A report on DigiTimes claims that the release date for Apple's next iPad has been pushed into 2012 due to supply chain issues. The report cites shortages and high prices for the device's new high-resolution screen as a major roadblock for mass production of the tablet computer:
"The yield rate of the 9.7-inch panel that feature resolution of 2,048 by 1,536 may be the major reason of the supply delay since such panels are mainly supplied by Japan-based Sharp with a high price and Apple's other supply partners Samsung Electronics and LG Display are both unable to reach a good yield."
According to the report, the iPad 3 lauch was originally scheduled for the second half of 2011. Supply levels for the iPad 2 are expected to be maintained at 28-30 million units after component shortages temporarily delayed delivery of the device following the Japan earthquake and tsunami.