Apple said to be moving up next-gen iPad mini production

By , Dec 19, 2012

iPad mini (landscape, in hand, display)

Folks who skipped out on the first version of the iPad mini will be happy to hear that they may not have to wait a whole 12 months for the second generation of the tablet to appear. According to a new report today, component-makers for the next-gen mini are preparing for an earlier-than-expected launch…

CNET reports:

“RBC Capital Markets analyst Doug Freedman — who is in China visiting chip companies this week — offered this ambiguous Apple note: “iPad Mini Gen-2: Apple’s gen-2 iPad mini is getting pulled-in, and is likely to have several new suppliers, with TXN gaining content.”

TXN refers to Texas Instruments, who has supplied components for iOS devices in the past. But what we’re more interested in is Freedman’s “pulled in” comment, which seems to imply that Apple is moving up the 2nd-gen iPad mini launch. Of course, it’d be helpful if we knew when it was originally slated to debut.

It actually wouldn’t be crazy to expect Apple to launch the next-gen mini in the first half of next year. Since it updated nearly every one of its product lines this fall — including the 6 month-old iPad — all bets are off as far as refresh cycles. In fact, there’s been talk that we could see the iPhone 5S in Q1 of 2013.

As far as the mini itself, about the only thing we’ve heard about the tablet thus far is that Apple is working with suppliers to enhance its display resolution. And that seems like a given, considering that outside of its price tag, the mini’s low-res screen has been the only complaint in a sea of otherwise glowing feedback.

Going back to the topic of refresh cycles, it’ll be interesting to see what Apple has planned for 2013. There has to be some reason why it decided to update all of its products in virtually a one month span this year, and it’s obviously not going to wait an entire year to announce anything else. Stay tuned.

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  • http://twitter.com/myorangeisstuck wahaha

    I don’t regret buying. Maybe will consider “upgrading” to the future release of the iPad mini

  • rosssimpson

    I bought the iPad mini, I don’t need a retina display just yet for it, the one it already has is amazing for me! I’ll probably update when they release the next-next-gen iPad Mini or the iPad Mini 3 :p

  • http://twitter.com/ytos86 Yaseen AlSuwaidan

    If you did not own iPad 3, you would not mind that iPad mini is without Retina Display, but you would mind if you did own an iPad 3. The reason is that iPad 3 is great. Your eyes used to the greatness of the retina display in the iPad 3. So, it depends. For me, I will wait for the retina display.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1595420643 Simche Apple Konstantinovic

      My first Retina device: iPhone 4, My second Retina Device: Macbook Pro. Got an iPad mini, not disturbing me that it’s without Retina but, boy would it be fancy if it had that awesome screen :D

  • mervynraj

    im happy with my nexus 7 for now! :P

    • Tardroid

      GTFO

      • Guest

        lol here comes Steve Job’s son noobhole!

      • Tardroid

        Better then corrupt Samesung’s Ceo son aka you.

    • http://www.facebook.com/Jhonny1x Jonathan Jaimes

      I have the amazon kindle fire HD its a good tablet.

      • http://www.facebook.com/joe.jonsen Joe Jonsen

        POS

    • http://twitter.com/piyushr21 Piyush

      Which is in your drawer ;)

  • Tardroid

    i will buy the iPad mini once it gets high resolution display.

    • http://www.facebook.com/joe.jonsen Joe Jonsen

      i will get it only if there is a jailbreak for it..

  • http://twitter.com/CunOTHERside jose carlos

    GREED GREED GREED GREED

    • Tardroid

      LOSER LOSER LOSER LOSER LOSER

    • http://www.facebook.com/tafk1 Taf Khan

      iWant iWant iWant iWant… iNeed iNeed iNeed iNeed

  • http://www.facebook.com/Kimberly.Barnett.1991 Kimberly Barnett

    i have ipad mini as soon as the retina comes out im buying it!, but the display is amazing anway :D

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.jonsen Joe Jonsen

    uh oh retina ipad is comming sooner than yall thought..lolol

  • Mohammed Sahib

    I hope the retina display won’t force apple to make the mini 2 thicker and heavier than the the 1st mini. And I am willing to wait until they find a solution and pull that out.