Looking to pick up an iPad mini 2 with Retina display during the holiday shopping season? This might not be possible according to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo at KGI Securities. Production issues are to blame for the delay in a report acquired by AppleInsider detailing the issue. Manufacturing a large volume of 7.9-inch displays with high pixel density is proving to be a challenge.
An iPad mini 2 Retina display is expected to feature 2048 x 1536 pixels, resulting in a density of 324 pixels per inch. Should the delays persist, Apple will likely commence mass production starting in October, which could push the release date forward into early 2014. Kuo is described by AppleInsider as "well-connected" since the analyst has offered accurate predictions on many things Apple in the past.
There might be a consolation prize for iPad mini fans, according to Kuo. Apple could choose to launch a reduced-price iPad mini later this year, which would help the company compete with existing tablets in the $199 - $249 range. This move could help the iPad expand its market share in the budget tablet segment, competing with the Amazon Kindle and several Android devices. Cost savings could be achieved without compromising design quality, by removing the rear camera, reducing storage to eight gigabytes, and simplifying A5 processor and metal casing production methods.
When it comes to the full-sized iPad, Kuo predicts Apple will launch the fifth-generation tablet with a redesigned bezel that's more like the iPad mini in fall 2013. The analyst is credited with accurately predicting several Apple products, including the redesigned iPod nano and iPad 4 with Lightning connector.