It wasn’t too long ago when Apple was plagued by iPad 2 shortages which were allegedly caused in part by LG Display, who shipped a batch of faulty displays that apparently caused light leakages. Slowly but surely Apple managed to get things back on track and have recently managed to bring down their estimated shipping time back to 24 hours, but it appears that it might have only been a minor reprieve.
As it turns out, according to Digitimes, LGD has been plagued by glitches found in their recent display panels, failing to pass drop tests, during which their backlight units failed. Their yield rates were also not up to Apple’s standards and have since only managed to ship 2.5-2.6 million units, which is over a million short from their goal of 4 million units shipped in Q3.
Given that Samsung and Apple are currently embroiled in a patent infringement lawsuit, it’s unlikely that Apple will turn to Samsung to pick up the slack and may turn to Chimei Innolux instead, which we’re not sure has the capacity and resources to pick up where LGD left off. What this could mean for us consumers is that there’s a small chance we might see another delay of the iPad 2, so if you have been sitting on the fence thinking about getting one, you should probably act fast before the delay hits us.