Although Apple is widely expected to introduce a second-generation iPad mini this month, production problems might push the release back until 2014.
Reuters, citing unnamed sources, is reporting that parts makers are only just now beginning to produce the high-resolution screen that will be the hallmark of this device. If true, this means there won’t be the millions of units necessary to meet demand for this updated model until early next year.
The company could introduce the iPad mini 2 this month anyway and accept that the product will be in short supply for a time, or it could wait to launch it next year. A delay will mean the tablet will miss the important holiday shopping season, however.
A Look Ahead at the iPad mini 2
The major change in Apple’s next 7.9-inch device is expected to be a significant increase in screen resolution. The company’s original mid-size tablet has a display with a 1024 x 768 resolution, giving it a much lower pixel density than Apple’s full-size iPad. However, the second-generation model is rumored to have a screen with a 2048 x 1536 (QXGA) resolution, qualifying it as a “Retina” display.
Other changes are possible as well, such as a faster processor. The current version uses the same CPU as the iPad 2, and the device will almost certainly need a faster one in order to offer good performance displaying iOS 7 on a Retina screen, such as the A5X that is in the iPad 3.