LG Shipments Indicate Retina iPad Mini Could Arrive As Early As October

Over the past couple of months, there have been multiple reports indicating that Apple may be delaying its rumored Retina iPad mini until early 2014, with Taiwan's Economic Daily News citing Retina panel shortages as the primary reason.

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DigiTimes now reports that LG Display has made some progress with its production of iPad mini Retina panels and is expected to ship them later this year.

The sources also added that LG is reportedly making new headway in producing Retina panel technology for use in the next-generation iPad mini, and expects to ship about 2-3 million units a month in preparation for Apple's expected October release date

The new claims are in stark contrast to a DigiTimes' report from earlier this week, which stated that an upgraded Mini would ship in late 2013, while the Retina iPad mini would not ship until 2014. NPD DisplaySearch analysts have also published similar reports suggesting two separate Mini refreshes, but have flip-flopped multiple times over the tablet's release date. While it's unclear which reports are true, it's clear that Apple will ship a Retina iPad mini at some point in the future.

Apple's next generation iPad mini is expected to feature an "almost bezel-free" design, along with processor upgrades and a lighter, thinner design.

Digitimes' report also reiterates that the upcoming fifth generation iPad will be lighter, smaller and more powerful. Previous reports have claimed that the tablet, which is expected to be released sometime in the fall, will have a more iPad mini-like design.

Top Rated Comments

Che Castro Avatar
111 months ago
just becuz it comes with the magical retina display? lmao
Richard are you alright ?
Score: 30 Votes (Like | Disagree)
gmanist1000 Avatar
111 months ago
Digitimes: the most unreliable source for Apple rumors.
Score: 19 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Chumburro2U Avatar
111 months ago
Uh, yeah.

just becuz it comes with the magical retina display? lmao

And, the best user experience, the best apps made for an iPad, and because of its magical retina display. :apple:
Score: 16 Votes (Like | Disagree)
spacepower7 Avatar
111 months ago
It just wasn't possible due to technological restraints.
Without the powersavings of the IGZO display tech and probably more efficient CPU the mini would have lastet like 3 hours.
Or they would have had to put in a bigger batterie, which would have made the mini bulkier and heavier.
They went with lightness and batterylife.
Now they can pick all three. high-res display, same lightness, same 10hr batterylife.

Don't try to reason with an irrational person who has no idea how manufacturing or business works.
Score: 15 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Greene1123 Avatar
111 months ago
Hope it's true, lack of a retina screen is the only thing stopping me from buying a mini.
Score: 15 Votes (Like | Disagree)
richardbb85 Avatar
111 months ago
should've came with the first one, but nope they leave it out for v2 to make it all magical so the fanboys will buy into it.
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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