Despite the iPad mini 2 being widely expected to be announced next month with a new Retina display in tow, latest reports have suggested the 7-inch tablet update could miss out on a screen refresh.
Although it is believed that Apple had been planning to give its smaller tablet a Retina display themed makeover, latest iPad mini 2 rumours have suggested that low manufacturing rates have put a dampener on the development, making a Retina iPad mini 2 mass release unlikely.
With the iPad mini 2 release date having been tipped for October 15, supply chain checks have now hinted that the 7.9-inch tablet refresh will be missing as the full sized iPad 5 goes it alone ahead of the pre-Christmas shopping rush.
“The Retina Mini looks less certain for that time," Rhoda Alexander, IHS iSuppli's director of Tablet and Monitor Research said ahead of the planning launch. "Manufacturing volumes on that would match better with a Q1 ‘14 [first quarter 2014] launch."
Far from the only production issues Apple has faced recently, latest week’s iPhone 5S release was plagued by stock shortages as day one online orders of the phone were offered with a 6-8 week shipping timeframe. What’s more, the new flagship phone sold out at Apple stores within the first hour as the restricted supply was unable to meet demand.
Although the inclusion of a Retina display has been atop the iPad mini 2 rumours list for some time, it is far from the only detail of the next-gen tablet to make a premature appearance.
Set to retain the same, slimline form factor as its predecessor, the iPad mini 2 has leaked in a range of iPhone 5S colours, with dark grey and gold models of the tablet having been caught on camera. What’s more, taking another leaf out of the iPhone 5S’ book, the iPad mini 2 has been shown with a Touch ID fingerprint scanner in tow.
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