Report: iPad Mini with Retina Display Availability to be Limited at Launch
October 2, 2013 11:00 AM
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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 e
xpecting 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.
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RE: It doesn't matter
10/3/2013 10:29:02 AM
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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