Based on discussions with component and accessory makers, Brian White, an analyst with Cantor Fitzgerald, sent a note to investors this morning predicting that Apple won’t introduce a version of the iPad mini with a Retina display next week.
“The accessories for a potential new iPad mini were not updated at the trade shows we attended, and the data points around a new iPad mini during our discussions were few.
“Some of our contacts at the trade shows believe that minor changes (e.g., faster processor, etc.) will be made on the next iteration of the iPad mini for the Special Event on October 22 but that a major upgrade with Retina Display will not occur until 1Q:14.
“As such, we expect Apple’s October 22 Special Event to be more important for the larger iPad family, with the iPad 5 enjoying a meaningful overhaul, but we anticipate only a modest upgrade to the iPad mini and without the Retina Display.”
Fitzgerald is not the first to make this prediction, as there have been other unconfirmed reports that Apple ran into delays with starting volume production of 7.9-inch, 2048 x 1536 panels that will preclude the company introducing a Retina iPad mini until after the holiday shopping season.
As the Cantor Fitzgerald analyst noted, Apple is rumored to be planning an October 22 event where the iPad 5 will apparently be the star. This model will keep its 9.7-inch screen but will nevertheless see an overall decrease in size.