Apple put an end to months of analyst "will they or won't they" handwringing at the recent iPad/Mac event when it did, indeed, unveil an updated iPad mini with a Retina display. As a direct consequence, we have an answer to the question: just how reliable is a "reliable" analyst?
Unless Apple misses its late November launch target for the Retina iPad mini, this report is dead wrong. Remember, kids: "supply-chain checks" aren't an accurate barometer for what's happening with Apple's product line.
Kuo abruptly contradicted himself in the weeks leading up to the iPad event and said the iPad mini would get a Retina display. He therefore got much of this revised guesswork correct, but he still incorrectly predicted an A7X processor for the full-sized iPad and updated camera hardware.
It irks me having to award points to this guy, because it doesn't take a genius to say, "Hmm, the next iPad is going to be a slightly different size from the current one... that probably means new Smart Covers." But I'm trying to be fair here.
Turns out the new iPad mini is indeed slightly thicker than its predecessor. And it seems everyone is still too shocked over the device being in virtually every respect a shrunk-down version of the iPad Air to remember to complain about this.
Considering the height and width are both off by only a single micrometer, I'll give this one to you, Mr Sande. Which is a good thing, because I really wasn't looking forward to a 15-hour flight to Colorado to beat you with that herring.
I know I'm shouting into a hurricane here, but a post-mortem of just three months worth of iPad rumors definitively shows one thing: analyst predictions about what Apple will or will not release are worthless. Even the analysts widely touted as "accurate" are anything but, and the few things they do get right can easily be chalked up to following the logical patterns that Apple itself has established.
In short, it bears repeating until it finally gets through everyone's neutronium-lined skulls: analysts have no idea what they're talking about when they're talking about Apple. Nothing they say is newsworthy. Stop re-publishing everything they say unless you want to keep on looking as foolish as you already do.