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According to marketing research firm IHS iSuppli (through CNET), manufacturing levels for the expected upcoming iPad mini with Retina screen suggest that the device may not deliver alongside the upcoming iPad 5, which looks to be ‘on schedule’ for an October launch. Particularly, it’s estimated that Apple’s Asia-based supply chain of producers have actually begun the beginning of Retina iPad mini screen production, but have actually not gotten in an automation stage of the approaching tablet.

While Apple’s iPad 5 looks to be on schedule for an October launch, that’s not the case for the Retina version of the Mini, according to Rhoda Alexander, director of Tablet and Monitor Study at IHS iSuppli.

‘The Retina Mini looks less specific for that time. Manufacturing volumes on that’d match much better with a Q114 [first quarter 2014] launch,’ she told CNET.

Though she quickly qualified that saying, ‘However provided that it’s Apple, one never understands’– meaning that Apple might reveal an item however not necessarily deliver it at the same time as the iPad 5.

The study company also cites design challenges, mentioning that a compromise in between the integration of the Retina display and the compact size and phenomenal battery life of the iPad mini has become troublesome. The case does conflict with a report from IHS iSuppli last month stating that Retina iPad mini production levels were set to match last year’s levels. KGI Securities expert Ming-Chi Kuo also declared earlier this month that the Retina iPad mini’ll indeed make a look before completion of the year.

Apple is anticipated to introduce its redesigned iPad and a Retina iPad mini in the near future, maybe at a media occasion as quickly as next month. The business is likewise anticipated to make a number of updates to its Mac items prior to the end of the year, and they might make a look at that same occasion.