Following on from the previous story about the iPad mini possibly cannibalizing full-size iPad sales, Reuters is today reporting that Sharp has pretty much “halted” production of screens for the full-size iPad. Reuters goes on to explain that Sharp’s iPad screen production plant in Kameyama, central Japan, is now only producing full-size iPad screens at the “minimum” level, just enough to keep the iPad line ticking over, in fact. The article goes on to talk of Sharp shutting down production and stopping shipment of iPad panels altogether, with an “extremely limited” level of screen output from Sharp. Neither Sharp or Apple have responded to Reuter’s request for comment, as you might expect, with Reuters giving several possible reasons for the dramatic slowing down of production, such as a seasonal fall in demand, Apple changing its screen supplier, a product update, or a shift towards iPad mini sales.
Source: Exclusive: Japan's Sharp curbs iPad screen output as Apple manages inventory - sources - Yahoo! Finance