iMac and iPad Mini Shortages Expected for Remainder of 2012, Says Report

A new rumor from hit-and-miss Taiwanese tech industry site DigiTimes suggests that Apple, Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) may be shipping less iPad mini tablet computers and iMac all-in-one desktop computers than what was first projected.

According to DigiTimes’ sources close to Apple’s Asian supply chain, low yield rates are again the reason why supplies of the iPad mini may be low for the remainder of the year. Yields are especially low for the 7.9-inch display panels used in the iPad mini, and supplies are also running short for the tablet’s backlight modules.

As a result, iPad mini shipments may be less than what was originally expected; from an initial forecast of 10 million, Apple may only ship 6 million minis in the December 2012 ending quarter. LG Display, Inc. (NYSE:LPL) and AU Optronics (NYSE:AUO) are Apple’s manufacturing partners for the iPad mini’s display panels.

Apple had reportedly sold 3 million iPad mini units at its launch weekend, although, its success going forward may be compromised, should the reports of low yields be accurate.

As for the iMac, which will be launching in batches this year, supplies may be low, particularly next year, due to low yields on the chips used in the all-in-one desktop. Again assuming the accuracy of DigiTimes’ report, the onus will be on Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company to manufacture an ample amount of chips for the iMac.