iPad Mini Price Tag Blamed on Low Touchscreen Yields
The $329 price tag for the new iPad mini is being blamed on low yield rates for the GF2 (DITO film) touch screen technology, according to Digitimes.
The sources said the DITO film sensor is having mass production issues, which has been a big contributor to why the device is approximately 40-50% more expensive compared to other 7-inch tablets that have OGS or G/G structures.
The sources said that GF2 touch screen modules are only about roughly US$5 cheaper than G/G ones for the 9.7-inch iPad models.
In addition, Digitimes' source says iPad 2 orders will be around until the first quarter of 2013 due to steady sales.