iPad2 Shortage Continues; Apple Roping in AU Optronics for LCD Display Supplies

April 2, 2011, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

The technology horizon is on constant watch on how Apple is striving to cope with the rise in demand for their iPad2. To meet demand and to deliver the units as early as possible to people who have already ordered it, Apple is now roping in yet another components supplier. This was something bound to happen, right?

AU Optronics Corp, Taiwan’s largest LCD panel manufacturer, has been approached by Apple to supply LCD displays that goes into the making of the iPad2. AU Optronics Corp, as you know, is the fourth largest LCD panel maker in the world. We guess Apple will now be able to leave behind supply shortages and get back on track.

Hope you have noticed, Apple is now listing the iPad 2 shipping date around 3 to 4 weeks from the date of order. Some customers who have placed their orders for this second generation tablet from Apple on its launch date itself are yet to get it, owing to the unexpectedly high demand for the device.

As of now Samsung and LGD are the prominent component suppliers for Apple’s tablet. These companies have been supplying a major portion of the LCD displays needed for the device. However, it seems that they are not able to meet the increasing demand.

As if pushing Apple into further trouble, the earth quake and the tsunami that ravaged Japan had forced the company to not depend much on Hitachi and Toshiba. Now, with the AU Optronics deal coming up, it seems like Apple has a chance to put itself back on track.

Are you among the many waiting to lay your hands on the Apple iPad2? Do tell us if you think the new deal could bring to you the tablet soon.


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