More Claims of No Retina iPad Mini Until Early 2014

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    Taiwan's Economic Daily News reports [Google translation] that shortages of Retina display panels for Apple's planned second-generation iPad mini have forced the company to push back its internal launch plans into early 2014. The company reportedly had been planning to launch the device during the fourth quarter of 2013, in time for the holiday shopping season.

    The report also appears to suggest that Apple may offer both Retina and non-Retina versions of the second-generation iPad mini, although it is unclear just how price and feature differentiation between the models would work out.

    Today's article is just the latest in a line of reports expressing uncertainty over Apple's iPad mini plans. Back in April, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo had indicated that technical challenges with Retina displays would likely result in the updated iPad mini beginning to ship in the September-November timeframe, perhaps somewhat later than observers had been expecting at that time.

    NPD DisplaySearch analysts have also been flip-flopping on their claims, beginning with a May report initially claiming that Apple would be releasing a non-Retina iPad mini update later this year with a Retina update to follow in early 2014, but within hours reporting on DisplaySearch's claim was revised to indicate that a Retina display would be included in both of those updates. But last month DisplaySearch returned to its original prediction, claiming that a thinner non-Retina iPad mini would arrive late this year with a Retina model following in early 2014.

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    Hrm more reason to pick up a refurbished right now for me. Was kinda hoping for a refresh in sept. or oct. tho.
     
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    So why would I buy a non-retina mini in late 2013 if reports indicate that a retina version shows up in early 2014?
     
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    I'm curious if the iPad mini will get a CPU/RAM refresh before the retina display.
     
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    What would be the reason to purchase a non-retina mini 2 at this point?

    Is there anyone who would pick one of these up over a highly discounted mini 1?

    Retina is coming - I think it'd be a big mistake for Apple to release a non-retina version. If it takes a little extra time, so be it. Just release it when its ready and quit this "in-between, stepchild product" nonsense (looking at you iPad 3).
     
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    So they're planning on letting the iPad Mini go a year and a half without an update?

    Given it's in such a competitive market, this seems like a poor business choice to me... I'd say ship the best gen 2 you can this year and then put off retina until gen 3 in summer/fall of next year.
     
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    I would think so. It would allow for better performance with iOS 7.
     
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    There's been so many flip flops with these rumors I don't believe any of them at this point. Not even worth reporting on.
     
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    That's what I think will happen , they'll bump the processor to an A6 and maybe a better camera
     
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    if true, history is just repeating itself....happened with the original iPad.

    Only difference I don't think folks were expecting a "retina" display on the iPad 2, but I could be wrong....
     
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    I'm really not sure how it could get any thinner. I'm holding one right now and when I face it towards a mirror, it looks like a floating screen in my hand. IMO, the mini is doing just fine. I have loved mine since launch day. The focus for fall needs to be on iPhone 5s and MacBook Pro (along with iOS 7 and Mavericks). That is where my money is going.
     
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    Hold the mini further from your eyes, instant retina!
     
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    I don't think Apple themselves thought this one through
     
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    Too bad. Still undecided between the mini and the regular. Not sure if I can get work done on the mini in particular typing in Pages etc...
     
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    Lol, I had a Lasik procedure go wrong so I'm sh** out of luck with this method. But I needed a good laugh, haha.
     
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    they were expecting it.
     
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    Why so hard for Apple to find companies to make the Retina screen?

    Whats different then a Kindle HD panel, something roughly the same size.
     
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    i'm probably the only person on the planet who never purchased an iPad and been waiting for the Retina iPad mini for a while now.......
     

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