Apple reportedly cutting iPad mini shipments next quarter, new model coming?

By , Mar 28, 2013

iPad mini (flat, finger)

There’s a new report out of China this morning, claiming that Apple is cutting shipments of its iPad mini next month. The cut is said to be a 20% reduction, with steeper cuts likely happening in the latter part of the second quarter.

While the folks on Wall Street will probably try to spin this into an ‘Apple is doomed’ story, despite the fact that there’s evidence that the mini is selling very well, the consensus seems to be that it’s preparing to launch a new model

Here’s the DigiTimes report (via MacRumors):

“Apple has reportedly cut its shipments of the iPad mini to between 10-12 million units for the second quarter of 2013, according to industry sources. The figure is based on shipment information given from multiple sources who provide various components for Apple’s iPad mini.

The decrease may be as high as 20% on month during April, the sources noted, and may continue to slightly decrease throughout the quarter to bring total shipments of the iPad mini to as low as 10 million units during the quarter.”

The outlet goes on to say that the cuts come as Apple is adjusting its reserves for the next-generation iPad mini, which its sources believe will be out in the third quarter of this year. So sometime between July, and the end of September.

And that timeframe matches up perfectly with KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has a great track record in recent years, who believes that the second-gen mini will launch alongside the iPad 5, and perhaps a new iPhone, in Q3.

It’s also worth noting that Apple hasn’t held a media event yet this year, which is really kind of odd. So it wouldn’t surprise anyone, I don’t think, if we saw something from the Cupertino company at some point in the next few months.

As for the mini itself, we don’t know much about it other than that it’s expected to feature a Retina display. But many critics don’t think Apple can do that and keep the tablet the same size and price. So it certainly has its work cut out for it.

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  • http://twitter.com/myorangeisstuck wahaha

    Better camera
    Thinner model
    Better processor

    But no retina display…

    • Mohammed Sahib

      I hate you :p

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

        no you hate samsng and android cause they suuuck…hahahahhaa

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

      if there is no retina i will LOOOLOLLOLOLOL myself to death… imagine id the iphone 5S comes with no retina hahahah

  • http://www.facebook.com/jonathan.liu.7503 Jonathan Liu

    Stop going crazy over Retina. Think about it. When Apple changed the iPad into retina, it turned heavier due to battery issues, and apple received tons of complaints. Just a slightly higher res screen would do.

    • Mohammad Ridwan

      Retina display is worth it…

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

        retina is essential

    • Mario

      They have learned from their mistakes and won’t do it again. So retina, without overheating..

      • David Villamizar

        LOL you just wait!

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

        my ipad 4 is perfect light and no heat

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001069522236 Shahshit Mac

        realy

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

        yup

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

      you dont get it.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001069522236 Shahshit Mac

      dude you right but if they remove it .then the pixel and text r not sharper and clear …

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

    yup time for the retina that should have come min the first place… im guessing they pot old ipad 3 hardware in it then admit that its not powerful enough lol

  • Chindavon

    The ‘Mr. Obvious’ article.

  • jay

    My buddy has a iPad mini and works fine and could be they will only slow down that people will buy an iPad ??? More money !!!