iPad Mini Shipments May Reach about 12 Million in First Calendar Quarter of 2013

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Supply issues that had bogged down the production of the Apple, Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) iPad mini tablet computer may have been resolved after all, according to recent rumors from CCIDNet. The Chinese site’s unnamed sources close to Apple’s supply chain claim that supply constraints have been resolved, which could potentially help Apple reach about 11 million iPad minis shipped for the March ending quarter of 2013. The March ending quarter would also be Apple’s second for fiscal year 2013.

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Aside from the possible resolution of the iPad mini supply issues, CCIDNet’s sources also added that iMac supply problems have also been sorted out as well.

For the first calendar quarter of 2013, the site’s sources believe that iMac all-in-one desktop computer shipments may increase significantly. What is interesting is that CCIDNet noted that iMac shipments may reach 14 million for the March ending quarter of 2013. That may be a figure too good to be true, as Apple had only shipped 4.4 million Macs (notebooks and desktops) in the December ending quarter of 2012.

It is possible that the 14 million reported was a result of an incorrect translation or a typographical error.

There seems to be a lot so far supporting the new report from CCIDNet. Shipping times for the iPad mini had decreased to only 3-5 business days last week, while there have also been recent reports of an improved assembling conformity rate for the present-generation line of iMacs.