A possible Retina iPad Mini has been a favorite of the rumor-mill for quite some time now. Initially, it was claimed that such a tablet would arrive in 2013. But new reports suggest that Apple wouldn’t be launching an iPad mini with a Retina display before 2014.
The latest report comes from a Taiwanese publication, which claims that Apple has run short on the supply of Retina displays, which is why the company has pushed back the launch schedule of a possible Retina iPad mini.
Earlier, multiple publications had claimed that Apple was actively working on this slate and will launch it in the holiday season later this year to cash in on the shopping spree that happens around Christmas. However, such launch speculations were eventually debunked by many analysts.
Some analysts have been updating their launch predictions, constantly switching positions. For instance, the NPD DisplaySearch initially claimed that Apple would dish out a non-Retina iPad mini later this year, while a Retina iPad mini would arrive in 2014. Later, the company updated this prediction to indicate that the non-Retina iPad mini that will arrive in the fourth quarter will be a lot thinner.
Recent reports from other sources have also suggested that Apple will release both a Retina and non-Retina version of the second-generation iPad mini. No analysis have surfaced as to how the prices and features of the two possible versions may differ. To substantiate any of these rumors, we’ll have to wait till the October-November bracket, which is when Apple may dish out the non-Retina version of the upcoming slate.
Courtesy: Mac Rumors