iPad Mini 2 to be delayed until October 2013?
This entry was posted on Sunday, April 28, 2013.
A report from Apple Insider indicates that the new iPad Mini may not be on its way to the market as soon as had been expected after all. In fact, despite all the rumors of a quick launch, it may take until October this year to bring out the refreshed iPad Mini with a Retina Display.
Apple Insider managed to source a research note from Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities on Sunday that the iPad Mini 2 would take until October before it went into mass production for the public. While this would be in line with Apple’s older model of updating the hardware of one of its devices every year or so, Apple has shown signs of breaking away from that model and embracing a 6 month release cycle instead. With the rumor mill having been in full flow when it came to the iPad Mini 2 from the very launch of the first edition of the smaller version of Apple’s tablet, the common assumption had been that the Mini 2 would be out sometime soon, at the very least.
The reason being cited by Mr. Kuo for the enforced delay in the iPad Mini 2’s mass production is the very feature that was supposed to be a clear upgrade over the first Mini tablet – its screen. Apparently, there have been serious issues faced by it while trying to cram in all the requisite number of pixels for a Retina display into the Mini 2, keeping in mind its smaller 7.9 inch screen.
While holding off the launch of the Mini 2 isn’t exactly a bad idea in our books, the fact that every iPad and iPad Mini competitor will get refreshed hardware models this year, and presumably before the iPad Mini 2, may be a bit of an issue for Apple.