iPad mini (three-up, front, back, profile, white)

While supply chain sources appear to agree that a fifth-generation iPad is launching this Fall, pointing to Apple’s procurement of components ahead of trial production, there is no definite consensus on a successor to the 7.9-inch iPad mini.

A new report out from Taiwan on Friday asserted that Retina panel shortages may have forced Apple’s leadership to push back the device into early-2014.

Tim Cook & Co. have reportedly scrapped the original plan which called for launching the iPad mini 2 during the fourth quarter of 2013, in time for the holiday shopping season…

This information was reported on by Taiwan’s Economic Daily News, via MacRumors. The story alleges Apple may even introduce both Retina and non-Retina versions of the iPad mini 2.

The sentiment echoes that of May’s NPD DisplaySearch report calling for two Retina iPad mini 2 models, one in the second half of this year and another in the first quarter of 2014, sporting a faster chip.

Apple pulled a similar maneuver last year when unveiling the iPad 4 with Lightning I/O and a faster A6X chip just six months following the iPad 3’s introduction.

Back in April, the reliable KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo similarly told clients “technical challenges” would probably push back the second-generation iPad mini until September-November timeframe.

Likewise, on Monday the hit-and-miss Taiwanese trade publication DigiTimes wrote Apple is “still adjusting” the new iPad mini as Apple’s engineers reportedly face challenges in terms of the impact of the power-hungry Retina Display on battery life.

  • Timothy

    Then again, Apple is probably really pushing to get it out before the holidays. Of course, if there’s a shortage, there’s a shortage. But still. The big shopping season isn’t something they’re going to want to miss.

  • Dominik Odobašić

    Retina iPhone – double the resolution. Retina Mac – double the resolution. Retina iPad mini – same resolution as iPad 4. How can that be affordable?

    • JomanJi

      and the iPad mini was supposed to be budget-friendly….(and it is, WITHOUT the retina)

    • Victor

      It only costs them about 12 dollars for the screen itself even it is retina…

      • Boss

        Buying in bulk I bet each screen on the iPad mini costs more like $3

      • Dominik Odobašić

        Not cost, but profit! Jeez…

      • Maxim∑

        Ok? And when you update the screen to retina you also need a more powerful CPU,GPU and battery in order to push the additional pixels. All while keeping the tablet at a cool temperature. So it costs a lot more then just 12$

      • Victor

        Ok, then have it your way add a couple of extra 5 bucks… C’mon man you know they barely pay Asian people for these jobs…

      • Maxim∑

        yeah thats true

      • felixtaf

        Jumping from quad to octa core or A6 to A7 wont happen with a magic. They do spend lot of money for modelling something that actually works before producing it.
        Yep, that’s y evrything is manufactured in Asia…

      • Dominik Odobašić

        It’s not about the production cost… It costs Apple around $20 more to make a 64 GB iPhone, yet, they charge $200 more. Also, what would be the incentive to buy a 10 inch iPad, if you can have everything a 10 inch has, in a 7 inch package? It would be pointless for the mini to have retina. The same goes for the MacBook Airs. (twss)

      • Victor

        C’mon man be realistic some people will pay more for a couple inches bigger screen size take the iPhone 5 as an example…

  • Taf Khan

    Not the first time we hear this rumour. I can see a separate release as the mini would impact the sales of the larger ipad.

  • Kurt

    For those who were glad Apple dropped Samsung as makers of their screens. You deserve this. Plus, lets see if the quality is as good as Samsung’s. Remember, LG’s have problems with the white balance and a bigger problem with ghosting. Both problems don’t exist with the Samsung screens.

    let the down votes begin

  • Yunsar

    Almost all apple products are now retina. Does this mean that they won’t be released either?