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Retina iPad mini may ship in low quantities in 2013

updated 09:29 am EDT, Wed October 2, 2013

Display manufacturing just getting underway, sources say

Apple will be unable to rollout large numbers of a Retina-equipped iPad mini this month, and will only have limited quantities through the rest of the year if at all, supply chain sources tell Reuters. The supply chain is only now said to be ramping up to manufacture Retina displays for the tablet. Nevertheless, the people claim that Apple will announce a new Mini later in October.

One of the sources explains that there's been a delay in certifying panel producers, which have been given strict power consumption requirements. Sharp, Samsung, and LG Display have all allegedly competed for Retina display orders, but it's unclear which of them have actually been given contracts. Two sources say that Apple has asked suppliers to reduce costs, and one person claims that Apple could even release a Mini with just 8GB of storage, which might help boost sales on poorer countries.

Asking suppliers to cut costs won't necessarily result in cheaper prices, however. "Don't expect the prices to be significantly lower," one source comments. "Even though Apple aims to cut down on component costs, it still ends up around the same as the current Mini because the new Mini will have upgraded specifications."

Apple may have no choice but to launch a Retina-equipped second-generation Mini, despite some earlier rumors that it might skip the technology this year. Google's 2013 Nexus 7 and Amazon's Kindle Fire HDX both have Retina-level displays, and the Mini could look extremely outdated if it maintains a 1024x768 screen.

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  1. machobbes

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: 02-13-09

    I have been waiting for this report for days and weeks!
    As always, every new Apple product is delayed and in scarce supply. Remember, the iPhone 5s was in short supply because of problems with the Touch Id sensor.

    When does this idiocy stop?

  1. coffeetime

    Senior User

    Joined: 11-15-06

    iPad Mini is indeed outdated. If I have to choose, I will pick Kindle Fire HD. I have iPad Retina which is still awesome and it was ahead of its time back then but iPad Mini ($329, no HD) vs Kindle Fire HD ($154, HD, without ad version) is no brainer for those who want to get start from scratch without transfer any stuffs from iTunes and already bought tons of digital books from Amazon.

  1. bonaccij

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    Joined: 06-19-03

    Even if it IS retina, it will still be 1024 x 768... so...

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