The iPad mini 2 release date could be delayed, with insider sources suggesting production of Apple’s second-generation 7-inch tablet has been pushed back.
Direct follow-on to the market leading iPad mini, iPad mini 2 delays are reportedly on the cards with plans for September arrival said to have been moved back two months pointing towards a potential November iPad mini 2 release date rather than the October one of the iPad 5.
According to hit and miss tipster DigiTimes unnamed Taiwan-based supply chain makers have confirmed the iPad mini 2 delays whilst suggesting the full sized, 9.7-inch iPad 5 will still hit its expected Q3 launch window. Given the sources track record, we much suggest these claims be taken with a sizeable pinch of salt.
Citing industry sources, the latest reports claimed “a second-generation iPad mini may see its volume production postponed from September to November.” They added that the delay could be an intentional move so as not to eat into sales of the iPad 5.
The Taiwanese based rumourmonger stated: “Some market watchers believe the delay is because 9.7-inch iPad sales were seriously impacted by iPad mini in 2012, and so to avoid the situation from happening again, Apple has turned its product focus for 2013 to the new 9.7-inch iPad.”
iPad mini 2 Rumours
Widely expected to hit retailers ahead of the lucrative Christmas period, the iPad mini 2 is believed to be heading to market with a number of core improvements over Apple’s first 7-inch attempts.
Believed to be readying for launch with a new, Retina display in tow, further iPad mini 2 specs improvements are expected to include a faster quad-core processor and revised camera optics.
Tipped to sport the same form factor as the current model, the iPad mini 2, alongside the iPad 5 and iPhone 5S is set to be one of the first devices to come pre-installed with iOS 7. The Jonny Ive influenced software updated is heading for unveiling next week at WWDC 2013.
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