iDownload Blog reports today that according to a new story that appeared today on Chinese website My Drivers, AU Optronics has just begun mass production of the iPad mini 2ís Retina display panels. My Drivers says that according to its sources, the iPad mini 2ís production cost has already exceeded $200 per unit, which is slightly more than the $188 per unit that HIS estimated for the original iPad mini. IHS says that with introduction of a Retina display could put as much as 30% on the next iPad miniís bill of material. This latest news follows on from the apparent leak of new pictures yesterday of an iPad mini 2 back panel, and could be a further indication that production has begun in earnest. Apparently DigiTimes also reported this morning that panel shipments for the iPad mini surpassed five million in January 2013, with AU Optronics making 1.5 million of those, and LG Display making 3.6 million.
Source: AU Optronics reportedly started mass producing iPad mini 2 Retina panels