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iPad mini 2 release date teased by August shipment claims

An iPad mini 2 release date has been tipped for September, with industry insiders suggesting the handset will start shipping in August.

Seemingly set to land a year after Apple’s original 7-inch iPad mini tablet, the mooted iPad mini 2 has been pegged for a September launch with the Google Nexus 7 rival reportedly set to touch down alongside the eagerly awaited and heavily rumoured budget iPhone.

Citing unnamed sources within the supply chain, DigiTimes has claimed the iPad mini 2 release date will follow shipping in August, a launch window that would see the next-generation tablet arrival touting the newly unveiled iOS 7 operating system. It has suggested the Apple’s manufacturing partner Pegatron will start piecing together the second-generation tablet next month.

With some suggesting the iPad 5 could have been a surprise WWDC 2013 unveiling earlier this week, latest reports have suggested the 9.7-inch tablet revision will actually be pushed back until early 2014 to accommodate the next iPad mini.

Claiming the iPhone 5S had also been pushed back in to the new year, the reports stated: “A next-generation iPhone and 9.7-inch iPad reportedly will appear in early 2014.”

iPad mini 2 Rumours

With an iPad mini 2 having been on the cards since the arrival of the original model, it is widely believed that the refreshed model will boast Apple’s stunning Retina display technology.

As well as being on the end of a visual overhaul, further iPad mini 2 rumours have claimed the tablet will sport a faster, quad-core CPU, improved graphics and upgraded camera optics. An iPad mini 2 release date has previously been pegged for Q3, with Apple reportedly intent on capitalising on the lucrative pre-Christmas shopping spree.

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