You can bet your bottom dollar that if it was purely up to Apple then deadlines wouldn’t be missed and delivery targets wouldn’t go unfulfilled. You can say what you want about the Cupertino technology giants, but they are as regular as clockwork and always on top of the things that matter most. It’s somewhat unfortunate that reports are suggesting that the production, announcement and launch of the company’s 13-inch variant of the Retina display MacBook Pro is being delayed due to issues beyond their control.
The exact reasons for the delay haven’t been publicized, but it looks like it could be related to the manufacturing process that goes into producing the Retina display panels that form the most important part of the new MacBook Pro. If everything had gone according to the build plans then the likelihood is that we would have already welcomed the 13-inch Retina display MacBook Pro into the marketplace by now, but some outlets are reporting that the "low yields" of Retina displays has cost the company dearly and forced plans to be pegged back.
The manufacturing issues don’t seem to be solely related to the potential new Retina display MacBook Pro either. We are also hearing rumors about potential production issues with the new iPad Mini as well, which may have delayed the announcement of the new tablet. It’s widely accepted that the miniature iPad won’t come with a high-resolution Retina display as it’s predominately aimed at the mid-range market, but with the delays affecting that non-Retina product, it leaves us to believe that the issues go beyond just being display panel related.
The last few weeks haven’t really been positive for Apple when it comes to their major product lines. We are already aware that they are having difficulties replenishing stock levels of the new iPhone 5 due to increased quality control checks on the production line. The final quarter of the year is potentially the most lucrative for any company as we head into the holiday shopping season, so let’s hope Apple and their OEMs can get back on track and deliver in time.
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