According to earlier reports, it has been suggested that perhaps due to complications producing the Retina displays need for Apple’s new iPad minis, there would be supply constraints for the upcoming tablet. This is probably also the reason why Apple has not given a release date or a pre-order date for the new iPad mini as well, although we have heard that the 1st of November is a possibility. In any case when asked as to whether Apple would be able to meet the demand for the holiday season, the company’s CEO, Tim Cook, gave a rather vague response that suggested that might not be the case.
Responding to a question posed by Steve Milunovich, an analyst with UBS, Cook was quoted as saying, “It’s unclear whether we will have enough for the quarter or not […] We know how many we will have, but you really don’t know the demand until you start shipping.” However Cook remains somewhat optimistic and expects Apple to do “fairly well” in overall iPad sales, going as far as calling it an “iPad Christmas”. Will the iPad mini face supply constraints? We guess we will just have to wait and see, but in the meantime you should probably not get your hopes up just yet, unless you plan to be quick on the buy trigger.