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Retina iPad Mini reportedly delayed, Apple hires cable exec

  • Reuters reports the retina iPad Mini (AAPL -0.5%) "could be available in only limited quantities this year, if at all," thanks to display manufacturing challenges.
  • Sources say Apple's supply chain is just beginning to gear up to make displays for the tablet, and that Apple delayed certifying display manufacturers; LG Display (LPL), Samsung Display, and Sharp (SHCAY.PK) reportedly competed to supply panels.
  • Bloomberg previously reported a retina Mini and 5th-gen iPad would arrive this year, and the WSJ reported "mass production"  of a retina Mini would start in Q4. Reuters' report comes as Amazon rolls out new Kindle Fires with high-res displays, and a couple months after Google rolled out a second-gen Nexus 7 with a high-res display to good reviews.
  • Separately, Apple has hired Jean-Francois Mule, once an SVP for cable TV R&D consortium CableLabs, to be an engineering director. That's boosting speculation the company is working on set-tops that provide direct access to pay-TV content.
  • Previous: Apple/Time Warner Cable report, talks with media giants
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  • oneotherfool
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    "...to gear up to make displays for the table..."

     

    I'm not sure how I feel about displays for tables, but I believe it meant to say "tablet".
    2 Oct 2013, 09:51 AM Reply Like
  • Andreas Hopf
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    "Separately, Apple has hired Jean-Francois Mule, once an SVP for cable TV R&D consortium CableLabs, to be an engineering director. That's boosting speculation the company is working on set-tops that provide direct access to pay-TV content."

     

    That's the sort of news we like to hear, no?
    2 Oct 2013, 09:58 AM Reply Like
  • jjkiam
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    Why do we always read about supply chain problems for Apple products and never EVER see analysts making simar claims about Samsung, Nokia, MSFT, Motorola or Google. Does anyone wonder why this is? And does anyone also wonder about how EVERY time Apple is expected to release something, these same old tired supply chain disaster rumors spread across the media like a wildfire. Apple has had over a year to resolve the display issues and since they already make a larger
    Screen retina display for the Ipad and a smaller version for Iphones one has to wonder how much more difficult could it possibly be to produce a retina display in between these sizes ? More negative BS that I now expect about everything this company does or is rumored to be doing.
    2 Oct 2013, 10:05 AM Reply Like
  • chabig
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    Exactly!

     

    "The supply chain is very complex, and we obviously have multiple sources for things. Yields might vary, supplier performance might vary… Even if a particular data point were factual, it would be impossible to interpret that data point as to what it meant for our business. – Apple CEO Tim Cook"
    2 Oct 2013, 10:13 AM Reply Like
  • bd4uandu
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    It's not about innovation anymore it's about profit margins to support the bureaucracy.
    2 Oct 2013, 10:11 AM Reply Like
  • rrosey2
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    Well. I don't know how to use half the good stuff on my iphone; so innovation is not on the top of my list. But, from the beginning, I have been able to learn on Apple. I couldn't do that before Apple.
    2 Oct 2013, 09:28 PM Reply Like
  • Keep It Simple
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    iWatch and iTV will be huge announcements in 2014.
    2 Oct 2013, 11:01 AM Reply Like
  • bd4uandu
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    Your right huge announcement with much fanfare but ....
    2 Oct 2013, 11:11 AM Reply Like
  • SP5524
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    Its also too bad that the iPhone5s currently does not have a fingerprint scanner due to the supply constraints mentioned in August.

     

    In other news, there will be no ice cream sandwiches available at CVS next week because a train conductor told me today that they are probably sold out everywhere in Manhattan.
    2 Oct 2013, 11:05 AM Reply Like
  • Keep It Simple
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    Heard about that ice cream sammy sellout too.
    2 Oct 2013, 11:26 AM Reply Like
  • synchrogeddon
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    Maybe they had supply constraints with fingerprint. If they didn't they would sell like 12M new iPhones instead of 9M in first weekend but anal-ysts were predicting 5M sales :).
    2 Oct 2013, 12:26 PM Reply Like
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