The Apple iPad Mini is almost one year old already, so understandably everyone is waiting for its successor to finally make an appearance. For as long as we can remember, rumors have been speaking about an iPad Mini 2 coming with a Retina Display (read: 2,048×1,536 resolution). That obviously makes sense since Apple uses the same resolution for its ‘full size’ iPad now, but we may not be getting a Retina iPad Mini as soon as first thought.
According to “people who work in the company’s supply chain”, Apple won’t be able to roll out a Retina-packing iPad Mini this year. Or it may opt to do that, but will face severely limited stocks of the device until next year.
The issue seems to be that Apple’s suppliers simply can’t make enough display panels for the new tablet that quick, since they’re only now ramping up production. Why they haven’t started production sooner is a mystery, though. Some say it may have something to do with Apple’s certification process for this component, in that the company gave its suppliers strict power saving requirements which were met later than expected.
Anyway, the situation basically goes like this: if Apple will announce an iPad Mini 2 with a Retina Display before the end of 2013, expect it to be in extremely short supply for a few months. Alternatively, the company could simply choose to wait for early 2014 to make the announcement, in which case no such issues should occur.
Apple may also be working on an 8 GB iPad Mini, perhaps in order to be able to price it lower than the current 16 GB entry-level model, to better compete with the onslaught of 7 to 8-inch tablets from the Android camp. However, don’t expect this 8 GB iPad Mini, if it ever materializes, to be sold for the same amount as Google’s Nexus 7 or the Amazon Kindle Fire HDX. No, even a $50 price cut from Apple would be a bit of a surprise, given that the company seems pretty uninterested in lowering its profit share just for the sake of more sales (see also what happened with the iPhone 5C).