MacRumors today published a report that seems to add further credence to the latest rumours from sources in Apple’s supply chain that have all been pointing to the fact that there will be no iPad 3 before next year. I know that many of you never believed for a minute that Apple would release another iPad before the end of 2011, but the rumours have been quite strong for several months that that was exactly what Apple intended to do. However, most of the current rumours and supply chain leaks are all about delays pushing the iPad 3’s launch date back to 2012. Today’s story on MacRumors comes from a report on Digitimes, which says that Apple has put a halt on its iPad 3 supply schedule, because, sources say, the new 9.7” 2,048 x 1,536 display is producing such bad yields. According to the report, this new, high-res panel needs a much bigger backlight source, which is giving the current iPad 3 design all sorts of problems. It would seem that having a thinner and tougher iPad 3 that is still able to support the demands of a state-of-the-art Retina display might be proving to be more than a little problematic.
Source: Apple Pushes iPad 3 to 2012 Due to Retina Display - Mac Rumors