Apple will announce the iPad 3 on March 7. One of the rumored/confirmed features of it is a 9.7-inch Retina display at a resolution of 2048×1536. This super high resolution screen is not exactly what you can find at your own local hardware dealer, and this could cause a worldwide iPad 3 shortage.
A Digitimes report today indicates that the iPad 3 will possibly see shortages due to supply shortages of the high resolution screen in the iPad 3. Apple has chosen Sharp, LG Display and Samsung Electronics as their display manufacturers for the iPad 3, but the whole supply chain has failed to ramp up the production of the QXGA panels ahead of the iPad 3 launch.
Apple may not unable to ramp up the supply of its next-generation iPads (iPad 3), which are expected to be launched at a company event on March 7, due to insufficient supply of high resolution displays, according to industry sources in the supply chain.
Although Apple has chosen Sharp to replace Chimei Innolux (CMI) as one of its three suppliers for the high resolution (QXGA) panels – in addition to LG Display and Samsung Electronics, the whole supply chain has failed to substantially ramp up the supply of QXGA panels, the sources revealed.