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More Claims of No Retina iPad Mini Until Early 2014

ipad_mini_handTaiwan's Economic Daily News reports [Google translation] that shortages of Retina display panels for Apple's planned second-generation iPad mini have forced the company to push back its internal launch plans into early 2014. The company reportedly had been planning to launch the device during the fourth quarter of 2013, in time for the holiday shopping season.

The report also appears to suggest that Apple may offer both Retina and non-Retina versions of the second-generation iPad mini, although it is unclear just how price and feature differentiation between the models would work out.

Today's article is just the latest in a line of reports expressing uncertainty over Apple's iPad mini plans. Back in April, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo had indicated that technical challenges with Retina displays would likely result in the updated iPad mini beginning to ship in the September-November timeframe, perhaps somewhat later than observers had been expecting at that time.

NPD DisplaySearch analysts have also been flip-flopping on their claims, beginning with a May report initially claiming that Apple would be releasing a non-Retina iPad mini update later this year with a Retina update to follow in early 2014, but within hours reporting on DisplaySearch's claim was revised to indicate that a Retina display would be included in both of those updates. But last month DisplaySearch returned to its original prediction, claiming that a thinner non-Retina iPad mini would arrive late this year with a Retina model following in early 2014.

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17 months ago
Translation: Nobody has an effing clue....
Rating: 36 Votes
17 months ago
Thank god, now I can save some money.
Rating: 18 Votes
17 months ago
What would be the reason to purchase a non-retina mini 2 at this point?

Is there anyone who would pick one of these up over a highly discounted mini 1?

Retina is coming - I think it'd be a big mistake for Apple to release a non-retina version. If it takes a little extra time, so be it. Just release it when its ready and quit this "in-between, stepchild product" nonsense (looking at you iPad 3).
Rating: 15 Votes
17 months ago
Hold the mini further from your eyes, instant retina!
Rating: 14 Votes
17 months ago
So why would I buy a non-retina mini in late 2013 if reports indicate that a retina version shows up in early 2014?
Rating: 13 Votes
17 months ago

Good thing the Surface came down!


Said no one ever.
Rating: 9 Votes
17 months ago
So they're planning on letting the iPad Mini go a year and a half without an update?

Given it's in such a competitive market, this seems like a poor business choice to me... I'd say ship the best gen 2 you can this year and then put off retina until gen 3 in summer/fall of next year.
Rating: 6 Votes
17 months ago
So, they can make retina panels in three other sizes, both bigger and smaller, by the millions, but can't make this particular size?
Rating: 6 Votes
17 months ago

I am mostly ok with the non-retina Mini's screen that I have EXCEPT for one superficial thing: can anyone explain why the screen is darker on the white version than the black? We have one of each and trust me it is, when you hold it side by side. I want the screen when off to be about as black as the bezel, and annoyingly it reminds of the 3GS LCD when off. Why is this?


Haha first world problems.
Rating: 5 Votes
17 months ago

So they're planning on letting the iPad Mini go a year and a half without an update?

Given it's in such a competitive market, this seems like a poor business choice to me... I'd say ship the best gen 2 you can this year and then put off retina until gen 3 in summer/fall of next year.


So bring crap on the market just to keep the market flowing?

Have you looked outside lately?

exactly...we're living on a dumpster planet already. Should we build more junk just to make more profits?
Rating: 4 Votes

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