iPad mini (landscape, in hand, display)

Despite the fact that we’ve seen conflicting reports on the topic, the consensus seems to be that Apple is working on an iPad mini with a high resolution display. And it’s expected to introduce the tablet at a media event this month.

According to a new scoop from Reuters, however, even if such a product is unveiled in the near future, it may be a while before you can get your hands on one. The outlet says initial supplies for the slate will be severely constrained…

Reuters’ Clare Jim and Reiji Murai:

“Apple Inc will be unable to widely roll out a new version of the iPad Mini with a high-resolution “retina” display this month, people who work in the company’s supply chain said, leaving the gadget without the sharper screen found on rival tablets from Google Inc and Amazon.com Inc.

Apple’s supply chain is only now gearing up to make retina displays for the iPad Mini, which means the gadgets could be available in only limited quantities this year, if at all, and the company may miss the chance to cash in on the year-end holiday shopping season, the sources said.”

The intel here matches up with a report from market research firm IHS iSuppi last week, which claimed that supply chain checks indicated that Apple wasn’t going to be able to roll out the Retina-flavored iPad mini alongside the iPad 5.

ipad mini 2 touch idAlleged iPad mini 2 in gold with Touch ID Home button

If the reports are true, it wouldn’t be the first time Apple has experienced low launch inventory for a product. In fact, it’s currently working through a similar problem with its iPhone 5s, with the handset taking at least a month to ship out.

But supplies or no supplies, we’re still expecting Apple to reveal the next-gen iPad mini alongside a redesigned iPad 5 later this month. The tablet is believed to feature an A7 processor, 1GB of RAM and Touch ID built into the Home button.

  • hkgsulphate

    lets see the battery life and weight…

  • Taf Khan

    Maybe they could ship directly from the Foxconn factory to save time?

    Please Apple don’t delay.
    I will try my best to get on the moment this thing is released for order online.

  • Apanizo2

    This has always been an issue…

  • Al

    I don’t see the iPad Mini having a A7 processor, they are normally a processor behind the Retina iPad.

    That would mean that Apple will jump two processors ahead from the A5 to give the Retina iPad Mini a A7..

    • StarViruZ

      Totally agree.

    • bn326160

      “..they are normally a processor behind..” There has only been 1 iPad Mini so far :p

      • Al

        True, “they” in the context is iPad Mini. And it’s only been one. But do you agree or disagree that Apple would put a A7 chip in a existing A5 iPad Mini?

      • bn326160

        The rumors say that an A7 will be put inside the mini and I hope they do. Apple only focuses on the high-end market (except for the iPhone 5C maybe) and I’d love to buy an iPad mini because it’s more portable. But if it would’t come with a retina display and an A7 chip, I might go for the iPad 5.

      • imra qyasif

        I don’t think iPad mini 2 will have both A7 chip and retina display. Could be either one. If both then no more selling point for next iPad mini version.

        My guess is iPad mini 2 with dual-core A6x chip and retina display. and/or iPad mini “c” with A5x/A6 chip.

        A7 chip and Touch ID only available for next iPad mini “3”.

    • bigtalk

      is the new mini has retina it needs and A6X at least or it will suffer the poor graphics performance issues as IPad 3

      • Al

        I agree the iPad Mini Retina could get the A6X, I highly doubt Apple will push a A7 inside it. I see the upcoming iPad having a A7X though..

  • StarViruZ

    A7? I don’t believe so. I’m sure would be A6 or A6X integrated and I’m not pretty sure if really will have fingerprint scanner.

  • Jonathan

    If that’s the case, I am preordering the second it is released.

  • Mohammad Ridwan

    I’ll wait for the A7X Retina mini.

    • Jonathan

      Come back next year then.

  • bigtalk

    lol eh what ever.. same story with every apple device..lol