iPad mini 2 in Apple Store (Martin Hajek 002)

With Apple’s tablet event just a few days away, speculation continues to mount on what we may see unveiled on stage. A redesigned iPad 5 seems like a given, but there are still some unknowns regarding the new iPad mini.

The biggest question on everyone’s mind is if the 7.9-inch slate will get the Retina treatment this time around. According to Peter Misek, the answer is yes. The analyst fully expects Apple to introduce a hi-res mini next week…

That’s the good news. The bad news is that it sounds like folks are going to have a hard time getting their hands on one at launch. In a note to investors yesterday afternoon, Misek said he fears initial supplies will be constrained.

Barron’s has the note:

We expect a Retina Display iPad mini to be introduced at $329. Yields for Retina film based display for mini remain terrible, which is why there was speculation (i.e., Reuters) that the launch could be pushed out to CQ1. We think initial launch supplies could be constrained to as few units as 2-5M.

This isn’t the first time we’ve heard this narrative. In a recent report, Reuters claimed that supply chain sources told them the Retina iPad mini will not be available for a ‘wide rollout’ this month. And IHS iSuppi is hearing similar chatter.

Here’s more from Misek:

We expect: 1) MacBook Pro line will see an upgrade to Haswell chips, drastically improving the battery life. 2) Release dates for OS X Mavericks and Mac Pro. 3) A possible Apple TV SDK, which would allow programs to be written for it and be a stepping stone to an eventual iTV.”

Nothing too crazy here. The MacBook Pro has been long overdue for a Haswell update, Mavericks is already in Golden Master, and we knew the Mac Pro was coming this fall. The Apple TV SDK thing is a bit of a wild card though.

But the focus of the event is expected to be the iPad. The larger model is supposed to get a redesigned shell, and both are said to be getting A7 processors and 8MP rear cameras. The event kicks off next Tuesday at 10am PST/1pm EST.

  • Saria Hajjar

    iPad mini 2 with retina display…. if it has the A7 chip; so long, competitor mini tablets.

  • Matthew Cooper

    Here’s an idea. Why not hold off releasing it until u have a decent amount of them to sell? I don’t understand this horse shit every time they release something.

    • Mohammed Sahib

      They can’t afford to do that, with the enormous pressure from the new nexus 7, Apple will lose the holiday season sales. They will have a close to paper-release to keep people from switching to the competition.

      • Matthew Cooper

        Either way people will jump ship If Apple can’t meet demand. I think companies like the “sold out” headline.

      • therealjjohnson

        If they dont have them to sell they will lose the holiday season anyway. Nothing says great gift like an I.O.U for a present. “hey i got you a new iPad…it’ll be here in 4-6 weeks”

  • Mr.Ocean

    Whats up with that striped, beige fabric in those Renderings o.O
    Is Forstall now back at Apple designing Apple Stores? 😀

  • IkillYou

    how much will ipad mini 2 cost 16 gig model wifi???

    • M Last

      will be the same as ipod mini 16GB wifi

  • Pitchy

    I am almost certain this is marketing ploys and hype. Create a product with huge demand and then leak info that supplies will be limited and then everyone will be lining up at launch day to get one before they are gone… but there always seems to be plenty available.

  • therealjjohnson

    I really wish they would wait until they have enough items to sell before they release the product. Wishful thinking i know…

  • n0ahcruz3

    Sweet.. But im satisfied with my surface pro2. I need Office.

  • Hussain Alsanona

    I’m really confused about the iPad. Should I but the 5th gen or better wait for the 6th gen ?
    Any recommendation guys ?

  • chris125

    Go figure a new apple product and inventory will be “limited” same thing every year, with this “limited” inventory to create more demand.