After a report yesterday that showed the Nexus 7 is now more popular than the iPad in Japan, Sharp has apparently cut iPad display production to minimum levels at the request of Apple. That means it is only manufacturing just enough panels to keep the assembly line going. Neither Apple or Sharp would comment on the situation, but it is thought demand for Apple’s iPad is greatly reduced at the moment.Shipments of the iPad are expected to fall as much as 40 percent in the run up to March. That’s around 8 million iPads compared to 13 million for the last quarter of 2012. The reason for this reduction could be the popularity of the iPad mini taking sales away from the larger tablet, growing competition from other manufacturers, consumers losing interest in the iPad, or just the time of year and a post holiday season slump.It’s not just iPad components Apple is cutting back on, though. Last week we discovered iPhone 5 component orders were also being cut in half. A range of iPhone parts have seen order cuts, with LG Display, Japan Display, and Sharp all suffering due to the iPhone 5 display order being halved.If demand for Apple’s devices continues to weaken, then it could force the company to react and launch new versions quicker over the coming months. Typically we see a new iPhone and iPad once a year, where as competitors continue to produce new hardware aimed at different segments of the market. There’s also the question of whether Apple would consider offering cheaper versions of its products, for example, an iPhone 5 C$269.63 at Amazon that can compete on price with the Nexus 4.via Reuters
1. The rich zooplankton, fish and squid resources on the Patagonian Shelf sustain substantial populations of largely resident seabirds and marine mammals, These habitats are also visited seasonally by similar species from elsewhere but few data exist on their status and origin. Recent studies, using satellite-tracking to determine foraging ranges and feeding areas of seabirds and am marine mammals breeding at South Georgia, have shown that several species make substantial use of the waters of the Patagonian Shelf. 2. Wandering albatrosses use shelf-edge areas year-round with direct observations of both sexes of almost all age classes, including, breeding, pre-breeding and non-breeding individuals. White-chinned petrels and female Northern and Southern giant petrels mainly visit during incubation and post-breeding, particularly to the Falklands Current (White-chinned petrels) and to upwelling areas around the southern shelf-break from the Burdwood Bank in the cast to Staten Island and Diego Ramirez in the west (giant petrels). Northern giant petrel males during incubation and Antarctic fur seals in winter reach inner shelf habitats in the northern sector. In contrast, South Georgia populations of black-browed and grey-headed albatrosses do not appear to use the Patagonian Shelf at any stage of their breeding cycle. 3. Although the use of the Patagonian Shelf by visiting species is now best documented for South Georgia species, recent observational data confirm that seabirds from Diego Ramirez, Tristan da Cunha and Gough visit the southern and northern sectors, during both breeding and non-breeding seasons respectively. Several Antarctic species (notably Antarctic fulmar and cape petrel) winter in the region as do at least two albatross species from New Zealand; other species (especially Wilson’s storm petrels) use it as a staging ground on migration, as do several species of baleen whales and possibly other cetacean species. 4. Three of the seabird species which breed on the Patagonian Shelf are Globally Threatened; seven of the visiting species (and four baleen whale species) also have this status. The Patagonian Shelf is, therefore, not only of global importance for the diversity and abundance of its resident top predators but is just as critical for the survival of many visiting species, some of which are even more endangered. 5. Combining data from satellite-tracking with conventional mapping from direct observations offers the prospect of defining the foraging ranges (and the main feeding areas within these) of a range of key top predator species. Such data should be used, in conjunction with similar information of the distributions of fish, squid and zooplankton resources and of fishing effort, to identify critical marine habitats whose precautionary, multiple-use sustainable management will be vital to protect the interests of both commercial fishers and top predators.