The iPad mini has proven to be a very successful venture for the Cupertino company with its sales records. However, during its launch, many were disappointed that the Retina Display technology wasn't integrated into the device. With its successful consumer reception, it's only fair to expect that Apple will release the follow-up to the iPad mini this year. How can Apple up the ante this time? By releasing a next-gen iPad mini with Retina Display of course. However, according to a new report, the release of iPad mini 2 might be pushed to early 2014.
Taiwan's Economic Daily News reports that Apple may have been forced to push back the next-gen iPad mini's launch to 2014, citing the usual shortage of Retina display panels as the reason for delay. The Cupertino giant has reportedly planned for a Q4 2013 release, which is just in time for the holiday season.
On top of that, the report also suggests that it's possible for Apple to offer two variations of the next iPad mini, Retina and non-Retina versions. It's still undetermined how the price and feature will be differentiated between models.
There have been numerous about the uncertainty over Apple's iPad mini plans. On a previous report, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo stated that the supply chain is having technical difficulties with Retina displays. Because of this, the iPad mini update will start shipping between September and November. If this report is indeed accurate, it seems that the technical aspects continues to challenge Apple's supply chain and the release will have to be pushed back later than everyone expected.
The bit about the possibility that Apple will release two iPad mini models is interesting, although somewhat strange. After all, Apple hasn't sold both Retina and non-Retina versions of the iPhone and iPad at the same time.
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