If you want an iPad mini, order it quickly: Limited supply due to touchscreen yield issues

“The iPad mini has arrived — with supply problems in tow,” Brooke Crothers reports for CNET. “”The problem is that AUO is a new supplier, and they’re not able to get to the volumes that Apple needs. So, essentially, there’s just one supplier [LG Display],” said Richard Shim, an analyst at NPD DisplaySearch, who covered the topic in a blog post today: ‘AUO is having yield issues with the 7.9″ panel…AUO shipped just over 100,000 units. The production plan is reach 400,000 units in October, 800,000 units November and 1 million in December.’”

“LG Display shipped 300,000 panels in September, with plans for 1 million in October and then getting to 3 million in December, according to Shim,” Crothers reports. “‘The new low price point is expected to appeal to a wider audience and drive up demand,’ Shim said in his blog. ‘However, panel supply chain indications point to an even more than typical tightness in the market for the iPad Mini.’”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: iPad mini pre-orders start October 26th. If it’s like the iPhone 5 launch, preorders will go live at 12am PDT/3am EDT and the supply will be gone quickly. Good luck!

Alternatively, you could queue up to buy the Wi-Fi model at your favorite Apple Retail Store starting at 8am on November 2. Wi-Fi + Cellular models will available in “mid-November.”

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Brawndo Drinker” for the heads up.]