updated 10:05 am EDT, Mon July 8, 2013
Mini may or may not get anticipated Retina upgrade
The fifth-generation 9.7-inch iPad is due to launch in September, but the details surrounding a second-gen iPad mini are still in the air, supply chain sources tell DigiTimes. The new 9.7-inch iPad is expected to adopt a slimmer bezel, and get other subtler improvements such as increased battery life, which may be due in part to switching from two LED backlighting tubes to one. Separate reports have also usually suggested that the tablet will switch to a faster processor.
The DigiTimes sources say that pilot production should already be able satisfy launch demand. Consequentially, suppliers say they expect Apple to give shipment estimates by the end of the month.
Regarding the iPad mini, though, it's claimed that Apple is still considering whether or not to switch to a Retina display. If it it does, it's believed that the Mini could be delayed until the fourth calendar quarter. Even without that change, Apple is said to be pushing suppliers to shrink the Mini's bezel even further, opting for an almost bezel-free design.