Exclusive – Japan’s Sharp curbs iPad screen output as Apple manages demand shift-sources

A visitor tries Apple Inc's iPad at an electronics store in central SeoulTOKYO/SEOUL (Reuters) – Sharp Corp has nearly halted production of 9.7-inch screens for Apple Inc's iPad, two sources said, as demand shifts to its smaller iPad mini. Sharp's iPad screen production line at its Kameyama plant in central Japan has fallen to the minimal level to keep the line running this month after a gradual slowdown began at the end of 2012 as Apple manages its inventory, the industry sources with knowledge of Sharp's production plans told Reuters. Sharp spokeswoman Miyuki Nakayama said: "We don't disclose production levels". …

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