We do enjoy a spot of scaremongering here at Mobot, and we’ve got a lovely little story here courtesy of our friends at DigiTimes and their typically anonymous “industry sources”.
The sources reckon that “upstream thin-film type touch screen” materials are in short supply, and will remain so till the end of the year. Oh, the humanity!
Who can we blame? The sources are pointing the finger at Apple, Samsung and Microsoft for churning out new tablets, compounded by the recent chemical plant explosion over in Japan.
Interestingly, the article notes that the iPad mini (finally launched on Tuesday night) “also features a touch screen”.
The best part, however, is the suggestion that “downstream vendors” are now “competing for the materials”, and – here’s the actual best part – that Samsung in particular has placed double its usual orders just to mess with everyone else.
We observed yesterday that iPad mini shipping times crept to 2 weeks pretty quickly. The DigiMen reckon it’s expected to ship as many as 10 million units in Q4. Er, that’s a fair few more than the Google Nexus 7’s one million in three months. Just saying.