Apple’s forthcoming iPad Air 2 will not be as widely available as its predecessor, one of the tech sector's most prescient analysts claims, as component supply shortages once again threaten to stymie a major tech product launch.
That’s the word from Ming Chi Kuo, renowned industry sage and a man known for getting his Apple predictions largely on the money.
Kuo reckons that supplies of an anti–reflective coating cover lens are running low because of poor yield rates.
He claims that this means Apple will only be able to ship in the region of seven to nine million devices before the end of 2014.
By way of comparison, the Cupertino company managed 12 million iPad Airs in the same timeframe last year.
While Kuo also adds to recent claims that the iPad mini will not be getting a major overhaul, he does not expound on his theory that the smaller model won’t be launching at Apple’s October 16th event.
He had previously claimed that the pared down iPad would not be seen this week.
Apple is expected to use the relatively low-key launch, which is being held on its own campus in Cupertino, to tout new iPads, as well as an updated iMac and possibly a new 12–inch MacBook Air.
Apple Pay, its new US-only payment service, is also likely to be detailed further. iPhone users will also be hoping for an update on the series of failings affecting iOS 8.