Analyst Flip-Flops Again: Thinner iPad Mini in Late 2013, Retina Display in Early 2014

DisplaySearch analyst Richard Shim is going back on statements he made back in May, when he said the next model of the iPad mini -- expected this fall -- would come equipped with a Retina display and an updated processor. In an added twist, before he made that statement, Shim said the Retina iPad mini would not ship before 2014.

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Now, Shim writes that Apple will refresh its iPad mini line later this year, but the Retina display will not make an appearance before 2014.

Apple is expected to refresh its iPad mini in the second half of the year. The new iPad mini will continue to use a 7.9-inch display with a 1024×768 resolution, but it will use the iOS 7 operating system and an A6 processor, in a slimmer design than the current generation. Another iPad mini is also planned for production but not until early 2014. That device is expected to feature a QXGA (2048×1536) resolution display and the iOS 7 operating system.

It's unclear which DisplaySearch report is correct, though it's widely expected that Apple will ship a Retina-display equipped iPad mini at some point.

More notably, Shim does expect the iPad mini update this fall to bring a thinner case, regardless of whether it has a Retina display or not. Apple CEO Tim Cook did warn analysts and other Apple watchers to take rumors from the Apple supply chain with a grain of salt.

Apple is expected to introduce new versions of the iPhone, iPad mini and iPad this fall.

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Top Rated Comments

imgonephishin Avatar
145 months ago
DisplaySearch analyst Richard Shim is going back on statements he made back in May

I am shocked—SHOCKED—to hear that an analyst is backtracking on a completely unbsubstantiated, traffic-baiting, buzzword-heavy report.
Score: 27 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Noctilux.95 Avatar
145 months ago
Thickness was never an issue with the Mini. Lower resolution display than a 3+ year iPhone 4, is.
Score: 16 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Dr McKay Avatar
145 months ago
Analysts just have a dartboard with phrases and words pinned to it, and a sheet with a sentence on it that says

"Apple will release a _____ with _____ and a _______ with _______ on the _____th of ______ 20__"
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)
AppleWarMachine Avatar
145 months ago
Hurry up...I've been waiting for a Retina iPad Mini since the release of the Mini :D
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Serban Avatar
145 months ago
if they not go for retina this year..they will have problems with selling...everyone now who is waiting for next ipad mini is waiting for that retina..
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
KylePowers Avatar
145 months ago
Based on everything I've witnessed Apple do in the last 5 years, I'd still put my money on a retina iPad Mini in the same chassis with improved internals for the same price arriving this fall with iOS 7.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)