iPad Mini Release Date Delayed Due to Component Complications?

The iPad Mini release date might be delayed due to manufacturers having issues with the tablet's complex components, according to Topeka Capital Markets analyst Brian White.

White and his team met with technology suppliers in Taipei earlier today, where he stated that they "sensed that suppliers have found the specs around Apple's 7.85-inch 'iPad Mini' to be a challenge and yields have been frustrating."

"In our view, this is the reason the 'iPad Mini' is 4-6 weeks behind our original launch expectation that we discussed in June," he continued.

The suppliers should have the ability to produce an "acceptable" number of iPad Mini tablets in the next month, but White feels that supply constraints will hurt Apple's launch damaging the full sales potential during the first month.

White also stated that Apple will price the iPad Mini between $250-300, and that it could sell 5-7 million units in Q4.

Another credible publication reported that the iPad Mini has already entered into production earlier this week.

The Wall Street Journal stated in a report this week that Asian component suppliers have started mass production of a new tablet computer that is smaller than the current iPad. It also claims to have received this information from a source on the inside.

The report also states that LG and AU optronics are making the 1024 x 768 7.85-inch display for the device and started production on the component last month.

The iPad Mini is expected to be released sometime this month.

Other technology publications have also reported that the device has already gone into production and should be ready for shipping within the next two months.

The publications include Taiwan's Economic Daily News, who stated that a bulk of the device's production will be handled by the Chinese firm known as Pegatron.