New Apple iPad Mini 2 with Retina Display not coming until October? Cheaper model could be launched earlier
We’ve been hearing about a new iPad Mini for quite a while now, and everyone seems to believe the tablet is going to be available sometime in September. However, it might not happen that soon.
Apple Insider has obtained a research note from KGI Securities, which suggests that the iPad Mini 2 will not enter mass production before October. Just like in the case of iPhone 5S (expected to debut in early September), Apple seems to have problems with manufacturing one of the components for the new iPad Mini. Specifically, it’s said that the problem is related to “cramming enough pixels into the device’s 7.9-inch display to qualify it as a Retina caliber of screen.” As mentioned several times before, the 7.9 inch screen of the iPad Mini 2 should have a 2048 x 1536 pixel resolution.
With the high-end model not coming too soon, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo believes Apple is considering introducing a cheaper iPad Mini in the meantime. This could have only 8GB of internal memory, no rear camera, and a low-cost metal casing. It could cost between $199 and $249 – that would allow it to compete with Google’s Nexus 7, or Samsung’s 7-inch Galaxy Tabs.
We’ll have to wait and see if any of this is true.
Apple sold a total of 19.5 million iPads in the first three months of 2013 – including both 9.7 inch and 7.9 inch models, of course.