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Source didn't say what was causing the production delay

A source from the Apple supply is indicating that the high resolution iPad mini with a Retina display that many are expecting get the market this month has been delayed. The sources claims that the supply chain is just now ramping up to produce the high-resolution displays, and the tablet will be available in very limited quantities if it indeed launches later this month.

Naturally, Apple still has yet to confirm what changes if any it might make to iPad models this year. Apple is expected to upgrade its line of iPad tablets soon ahead of the rush for holiday shopping. Apple's tablets are under increasing pressure as Android-powered tablets [collectively] have now overtaken the iPad in sales. The other tablets are also significantly cheaper than the iPad and in the case of the current iPad mini, have much sharper displays.

There are rumors that the reason for the limited production is due to power consumption of the new 7.9” Retina displays. Significantly increasing the screen resolution negatively affects battery life, so Apple is pushing suppliers to make their panels as efficient as possible.

As for pricing, expect Apple to hold the line, with iPad mini prices starting at $329. 

"Don't expect the prices to be significantly lower," said one of the sources. "Even though Apple aims to cut down on component costs, it still ends up around the same as the current Mini because the new Mini will have upgraded specifications."
The new iPad mini will launch into a market that has recently seen some refreshed tablets surface. Amazon just recently announced its 7" Kindle Fire HD which comes packing a 2.2GHz quad-core processor and a 1920x1200 display for $229. Stepping up to the 8.9" model ups the screen resolution and price to 2560x1600 and $379 respectively.
Not to be left out, Google also has its Nexus 7, which includes a 1.5GHz Snapdragon processors and 1920x1200 display for $229.

Source: Yahoo

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the delay
By GulWestfale on 10/2/13, Rating: -1
RE: the delay
By drumsticks on 10/2/2013 11:34:58 AM , Rating: 5
This notion is silly. Microsoft might benefit from something like this - it would generate hype and bring some news about something like the surface. But Apple? They have a huge brand name. When they launch a new iphone, even my not-tech-smart mother knows, and neither of my parents even own an iphone (although my dad has an iPad which he occasionally uses). Apple doesn't need to generate hype and fake success. Everyone already knows anything Apple releases will be wildly successful, all Apple wants to do now is make tons of money.

Granted, I still think the iPad mini is a touch too expensive. I would consider $289 a good price for a retina iPad mini; it's bigger than the Nexus 7, and there's of course the (although silly) apple name. The problem comes with charging $100 for NAND upgrades.

RE: the delay
By retrospooty on 10/2/2013 12:35:21 PM , Rating: 2
Yup, I don't think shortages help sales at all. At the point when people go to buy, if the 1st choice isn't available, they then decide either to wait, or buy something else. Some will wait and some will buy. Waiting to make a sale doesn't help , especially in tech. 2 months later there could easily be alot better competing products out. Doubly especially for Apple with their once a year release cycle vs. its competition releasing constantly.

RE: the delay
By Samus on 10/2/2013 12:50:40 PM , Rating: 2
hey, anything to feel exclusive. even if its artificial.

RE: the delay
By Rukkian on 10/2/2013 3:45:57 PM , Rating: 2
While in theory, I agree, and highly doubt they would hold back to get more press, in this case, it may actually make sense.

Pretty much everybody that tries to get an apple product on the day (or week) it launches is never going to consider any other brand. They are stuck on what they know and will not try anything else.

If Apple all of a sudden has a few launches where product are immediately sitting on shelves, they will loose some of their "cool" hipster, elite mojo.

RE: the delay
By robinthakur on 10/3/2013 7:04:18 AM , Rating: 2
Agreed, as I already owned an iPad 3, I wasn't really interested in the Mini when it came out and considered it pretty overpriced when it launched. Next to the cheaper Nexus 7 and the Amazon Fire I thought it wouldn't necessarily be successful, but I have to say I was completely wrong. I remember people I know going on a mad dash to find minis in the run up to Christmas, and this mania where things go out of stock (in a couple of well publicised areas) really does drive sales these days as people love to feel exclusive and love to find 'bargains' or something deemed rare (even though they are produced in the millions!)

It is a really nicely built device with decent design and hopefully Apple sticks with the design language used on the mini for the full size iPad refresh for the 5. The chubby screen ratio on the mini is far more appealing to me than the Nexus which generally stays in the drawer these days for reasons I can't quite put my finger on.

RE: the delay
By ritualm on 10/2/2013 3:34:33 PM , Rating: 2

An out-of-stock and deeply-backordered product makes people more likely to consider alternatives than a temporary shortage.

RE: the delay
By retrospooty on 10/2/2013 3:42:20 PM , Rating: 2
Exactly... No company in their right mind would trade a sale today for a "maybe sale" tomorrow.

It doesn't matter
By EasyC on 10/2/13, Rating: -1
RE: It doesn't matter
By retrospooty on 10/2/2013 11:29:36 AM , Rating: 3
"Apple could take a lump of dog crap, mold it into the shape of an iPad mini, stick it in the iPad mini case, and sell it for 330$ because all the sheeple will run out and buy it."

I dunno. Of the entire Apple porfolio, all products in all segments, the iPad mini retina is the one that I would actually buy. Perfect size.

RE: It doesn't matter
By kmmatney on 10/2/2013 1:40:34 PM , Rating: 2
Agreed. Nice size, and upgraded screen will be nice (although I have an iPad 2 with the same resolution, and in general I can't really complain about the screen). The problem with smaller Android tablets is that I hate the 16:9 resolution at smaller sizes. The 4:3 ratio is the iPad mini is perfect.

RE: It doesn't matter
By Solandri on 10/2/2013 2:51:09 PM , Rating: 2
4:3 is a terrible aspect ratio for a device this size. Here are the aspect ratios of the text (i.e. excluding margins) in different size paperback books (which are the closest paper analogue to tablets).

small paperback: 1.64 (5.75" x 3.5")
medium paperback: 1.625 (6.5" x 4")
large paperback: 1.67 (7.5" x 4.5")

They're not even close to 4:3 (1.33). They're all between 16:10 (1.6) and 16:9 (1.78) which is where the Android tablets are. You can even see it in the design of the iPad Mini itself. It's got a huge bezels on top and bottom, with incredibly narrow bezels on the side. Because its screen is the wrong aspect ratio for a device this size.

The key to this size (both in books and tablets) is the ability to hold it comfortably in one hand for reading. The 4:3 aspect ratio results in a device that's too wide to handhold comfortably if you want to fit a decent amount of reading material in vertically. Which is why Apple had to narrow the side bezels down to almost nothing. The only paperback which comes close to a 4:3 aspect ratio is Reader's Digest (1.36). But it works in that format because (1) you can bend the magazine to make it fit in your hand, and (2) they print two columns of text per page because 4:3 is too wide.

RE: It doesn't matter
By embedded_bill on 10/2/2013 7:05:15 PM , Rating: 2
I think this is one of those personal preference things. Not too many people sit holding a book from edge to edge one handed, they will either hold both edges using two hands or bend open holding one side with one hand and prop the other with their thumb or something... yada yada
Whatever way works people will adapt.

I used to own an early Kindle, I liked it, used to read a lot with it. I used to own an iPad2, for the most part it was ok, read kindle books with it, not as good as the kindle but I don't remember being bothered by the aspect ratio, it was just too big as a kindle platform. If I ever buy another iPad, it would probably be a mini - if it had a high resolution display. Would like a lower price but don't expect that with Apple.

RE: It doesn't matter
By Reclaimer77 on 10/2/13, Rating: 0
RE: It doesn't matter
By Fleeb on 10/2/2013 5:20:55 PM , Rating: 2
Then again, I remember Jobs saying that 10" is already the perfect size, anything smaller sucks for a tablet.

RE: It doesn't matter
By flatrock on 10/3/2013 10:29:02 AM , Rating: 2
I can think of one reason Apple might not have made a Retina Display iPad Mini a priority. Profit-margin.

Apple has been seeing their usually huge profit margins squeezed, and the iPad Mini despite it's relatively low resolution screen has been selling extremely well. So from a profit standpoint it may not make much sense to release a new model yet and force them to lower the price on the previous version.

It all depends on how they expect the current iPad Mini to sell during the holiday season. Somehow that Apple logo makes up for a lot of spec shortcomings.

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