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The oft-accurate Apple analyst has spoken again. KGI Securities’ Ming-Chi Kuo came down off of his proverbial mountain last night and sent out a letter to investors with some predictions regarding Apple’s iPad plans for the end of this year, and the beginning of next.

Kuo, who as we’ve said before has a solid track record in predicting Apple’s product plans, says that he believes we’ll see two new tablets from the company this year: a fifth-generation iPad and a second-generation iPad mini. And both of them will have an A7X chipset…

As you can imagine, the A7X would be a huge upgrade for the iPad mini line, which is currently running an A5 processor. But the big boost is needed considering that this year’s iPad mini is expected to feature a Retina display, which will require substantially more power.

Interestingly enough, Kuo believes that Apple had originally intended to launch the Retina-flavored mini sometime early next year. But the company has accelerated development in order to stay competitive with other small high-resolution tablets hitting the market.


From his note (via MacRumors):

“Since iPad mini 2 will feature better resolution with retina display, we think its AP will have the same grade as iPad 5 – the A7X.

But we now believe that iPad mini 2 may be pulled in for launching in late 2013. Since other brand vendors are all expected to have a line-up of new high resolution 7-8” tablets to launch over the next 3-6 months, we think iPad mini 2 may lose its opportunity in the market if it is slated for introduction next year.

Despite minimal form factor differentiation and unchanged casing colors, we think the retina display will still boost iPad mini 2’s attractiveness. Although the model’s availability is small due to production issues, if iPad mini 2 gets an introduction and launch this year, it should be able to impact consumers and freeze their budget for other brand vendors’ tablets.”

The analyst goes on to say that Apple is also planning a new, lower-cost version of the iPad mini slated to launch early next year. That model, he explains, will run on an A6 chip, so it’ll fall somewhere between the current-gen mini and the one hitting shelves this fall.

We are expecting Apple to unveil the new mini alongside a redesigned iPad 5 at a media event sometime in October or early November. Kuo says the company is experiencing manufacturing issues with both tablets, but that they should both be ready for launch in Q4.

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  • Anthony Antunez

    Wow that would be a huge boost for the Mini. I thought it would run on an A6X. But if the other Mini runs on an A6 does that mean it doesn’t have a Retina Display?

    • Melvco

      that’s what it sounds like, yes.

      • FOFF

        yup they can still sell those to folks who dont care about retina

  • Mohammed Sahib

    “But the company has accelerated development in order to stay competitive with other small high-resolution tablets hitting the market.” Thank you, Google!

  • Lobo555

    So why not title this “rumor” ?

    • Tomas Suarez

      is not a rumor is an analysis of the situation.

  • Taf Khan

    It has to be a Retina Mini or its a no go for me!

  • Jonathan

    Thanks. I’ve been waiting for this.

  • AtlMallcopBusdriverUppercut

    I need the mini to come in 128gb. Fingers crossed.

    • FOFF

      mini makes a perfect mobile audio music source

      • Kurt

        a single mono speaker is perfect? really?

  • FOFF

    why is iPad 3 missing from that chart?

    • DevXav

      Correct me if im wrong, but iPad 3 isn’t there because it has been discontinued and iPad 4 replaced it.

      That didn’t happen with the iPad 2 because it was still being sold as a “low end non-retina display option” to other countries such as Brazil, where the iPad Mini arrived only late this year. I am brazillian 🙁

  • bn326160

    Good thing the Mini won’t be budget, but no retina is no-go for me. The iPad 5 might be an option if it becomes as light as the current mini.

  • Dante Arellano

    We need retina for iPad mini apple!! I don’t need more pixels in the cam or shite like that.