iPad Mini Update to Trail Next Full-Size iPad Launch by Several Months?

Late last year, Apple introduced the iPad mini alongside an update to the full-size iPad lineup, with many observers believing that Apple would continue to update the two lines simultaneously going forward.

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Mockup of fifth-generation iPad next to iPad mini

A new report from Digitimes claims, however, that the next-generation iPad may appear as much as several months before the next version of the iPad mini.

Volume production of a new-generation 9.7-inch iPad will begin in July-August with shipments in the third quarter estimated at five million units. Meanwhile, a second-generation iPad mini may see its volume production postponed from September to November, according to Taiwan-based supply chain makers.

The updated full-size iPad is widely expected to see a significant redesign that will take design cues from the iPad mini and be roughly 15% thinner and 25-33% lighter than the current models.

Digitimes believes that Apple may be pushing back the next iPad mini launch in part to give more focus to the redesigned full-size iPad in the face of the iPad mini's popularity, but also due to mass production issues with the iPad mini, which has been rumored to be gaining a Retina display. Today's claims from Digitimes are not necessarily new, but they do provide a fresh direct comparison between Apple's potential plans for the two iPad lines.

Reliable KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo had previously reported that technical challenges would likely see the next iPad mini pushed back from Apple's original internal timeline, with an introduction likely coming in the September-November timeframe rather than earlier as some had thought. Digitimes' claim today suggests that the launch could be at the end of that timeframe, bumping up against the holiday shopping season.

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Top Rated Comments

lk400 Avatar
143 months ago
I find this interesting. Among my friends (I am in college) they are all disappointed that apple doesn't update their hardware as frequently as other companies. To non tech savvy people to wait 6 months to buy a new product is unheard of. They will just go out an buy the top of the line android tablet that came out days ago since they don't want to by a 5 month old device from Apple.

I am now convinced I am getting old. I buy things and keep them - thats why I buy good quality things that last. The idea of something 5 months being "old" scares me. How much life-changing innovation do you think can be done in 5 months?

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These people are in the minority I would assume. For most people they are happy buying an iPad every 1-2 years or even longer.

Agree. For many people it would be even more than that. I dont understand the constant micro-upgrade cycle.
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)
AppleMark Avatar
143 months ago
I think since they appeal to different sorts of people, Steve will want to stagger the releases. It just makes the most sense.

Sorry to be the bearer of bad news. But it is 2013 and Steve is dead.. :rolleyes:
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Mackan Avatar
143 months ago
This is going to be bad for me. I made the decision a long time ago that if the next iPad mini received a Retina display, I would be getting that, ONLY if the 5th generation iPad didn't receive a thinner/ lighter bezel to make the physical size smaller. Now I'm at a fork in the road. If this does happen, what do I do? Do I get the iPad mini w/ Retina, or wait a couple of months to see if the 5th gen iPad has a smaller bezel? Ughh

You buy both, which is what Apple prefers.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
the8thark Avatar
143 months ago
I find this interesting. Among my friends (I am in college) they are all disappointed that apple doesn't update their hardware as frequently as other companies. To non tech savvy people to wait 6 months to buy a new product is unheard of. They will just go out an buy the top of the line android tablet that came out days ago since they don't want to by a 5 month old device from Apple.

These people are in the minority I would assume. For most people they are happy buying an iPad every 1-2 years or even longer.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
MacFan23 Avatar
143 months ago
I find this interesting. Among my friends (I am in college) they are all disappointed that apple doesn't update their hardware as frequently as other companies. To non tech savvy people to wait 6 months to buy a new product is unheard of. They will just go out an buy the top of the line android tablet that came out days ago since they don't want to by a 5 month old device from Apple.

I find most non tech savvy people won't particularly follow release dates and are surprised when a new product comes out, "A new one already, I only just bought this"
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
dagamer34 Avatar
143 months ago
A. Digitimes.
B. Not gonna happen. Apple would mot likely wait to release both at the same time; they're not exactly going to have two separate iPad events within a month or two of each other.
A) This is the reason why you should not immediately dismiss Digitimes: https://www.macrumors.com/2012/01/06/ipad-4-headed-for-october-launch-with-ipad-3-as-interim-upgrade/
B) They did just that last year?
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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