We use cookies to provide you with a better experience. If you continue to use this site, we'll assume you're happy with this. Alternatively, click here to find out how to manage these cookies

hide cookie message
80,259 News Articles

Lack of touchscreens blamed for iPad delay

Production bottleneck on 9.7in display

Analysts believe a lack of available touchscreens could be responsible for delaying the UK launch of Apple's iPad.

"We understand that the yields on the display have been low and that they're creating a production bottleneck," Andrew Rassweiler from research and advisory analysts iSuppli told Bloomberg News.

"That they have been doing it for the iPhone for some time is great, but once you go to 9.7in, it is a much more complicated process."

The 9.7in screen is produced by South Korea's LG Display and Samsung Electronics and by Japan's Seiko Epson, according to iSuppli.

Both Apple and Samsung declined to comment, while LG and Seiko didn't respond to requests for comment Bloomberg said.

Apple's iPad won't be available until an unspecified date next month in the UK, Canada, Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain and Switzerland.

Apple will however, announce international pricing details on Monday 10 May.

Mobile phone operators O2, Vodafone and Orange have all said they will offer iPad 3G price plans, while T-Mobile are in talks with Apple to also offer the device.

See also: Apple iPad 2 to get OLED screen?


IDG UK Sites

Can flip phones make a comeback? LG announces Ice Cream Smart

IDG UK Sites

Race to claim thinnest smartphone is pointless: Let's focus on the important things

IDG UK Sites

How to test websites for Windows 10's new Spartan browser with the Edge rendering engine today

IDG UK Sites

Apple Q1 2015 financial results: Analysts predict Apple's holiday quarter sales ahead of Tuesday's...