Apple CEO Tim Cook made it clear last week that a new version of the iPad mini won’t be out before this fall. A report from an industry analyst says it might be late fall or even early winter before the debut of this tablet.
There have been numerous unconfirmed reports indicating that this tablet will have a screen with a much higher resolution than its current one. In fact, this 7.9-inch model will supposedly have the same screen resolution as the full-size iPad: 2048 x 1536.
According to Kuo, display makers are not going to be able to supply Apple with screens of this size and resolution before October, which means that the iPad mini won’t go into production until mid-fall.
This raises the possibility that Apple won’t be able to bring this device to market until late November or even December — it takes time to manufacture the millions of units that will be needed for a successful launch.
If Kuo’s report is correct, this delay is almost certain to hurt Apple’s tablet sales during the important holiday shopping season.
Check out our Apple iPad mini Review to see ow the first-generation model stacks up.