The iPad mini with Retina screen can be put off till 2014, according to Taiwan’s Economic Daily News (through MacRumors). The site claims that a shortage of Retina screen panels for the second-generation iPad has triggered Apple to push back its launch date until next year. This isn’t the first time we’ve become aware of a possible iPad mini 2 delay, the DigiTimes previously reported that the new 7.9-inch slate wouldn’t see volume production till November due to production problems.
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Back in April, expert Ming-Chi Kuo at KGI Securities likewise cited manufacturing problems when he forecasted that the iPad mini 2 would be delayed until 2014. However, many analysts still anticipate Apple to launch a second-generation iPad mini in Q4 of 2013, just long before the holiday buying season, and after the iPad 5 is launched in Q3.
The Economic Daily News’ report likewise appears to recommend that Apple may launch an upgraded non-Retina version of the iPad mini. This might be the budget iPad mini Apple is reported to be considering releasing for the holidays. Some analysts believe releasing a more budget-friendly iPad mini 2 without Retina screen would help Apple expand its market share in the low-cost tablet segment.
Apple is also reported to be dealing with a spending plan iPhone to release along with the iPhone 5S later on this year. Maybe 2013 will really be the year Apple takes a bite from the inexpensive market being dominated by Android and Amazon items, and 2014 will be the year we lastly see an iPad mini with Retina display.