iPad Mini 2 may only arrive in 2014
The next generation iPad Mini has been rumored almost since the first model became available. The main spec change that’s been pegged for the iPad Mini 2 so far is a Retina Display – namely, in this case, keeping the 7.9″ form factor but bumping the resolution up to 2,048×1,536. That’s the same resolution seen on the ‘full-size’ 9.7″ iPad, hence the moniker.
However, new rumors now say that because of issues in the production of these small Retina Displays needed for the next iPad Mini, Apple’s new diminutive tablet may only arrive on the market next year.
According to the oft-quoted “industry supply chain sources”, the iPad Mini 2 could enter mass production only in the fourth quarter of this year, making a release in 2013 unlikely. Early next year may then be when the small tablet will get its launch.
Aside from the resolution change, the new iPad Mini is also set to come with a new design, one that’s said to be almost ‘bezel-free’. To keep people happy, and customers buying its stuff, Apple could release another iPad Mini in the meantime. This may come later this year with some improved specs, and should be thinner and lighter than the current generation. Which exact specs are due to be upgraded is unknown at this point.