Apple Cutting iPad Mini Shipments in Q2 2013 to Prepare for Next Generation?

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Digitimes is reporting that Apple is set to cut shipments of iPad mini in the second quarter of 2013, according to its industry sources.

    The cut is said to be a 20% reduction for the month of April, with steeper cuts potentially following in the remainder of the quarter, although the report does not specify whether the cuts are relative to previous production plans or to current-quarter output.
    The move comes two weeks after Apple started offering refurbished iPad minis on sale for the first time and may be tied to Apple devoting resources to the production of the next-generation iPad mini. The report claims, however, that competition from 7-inch tablets may also be playing a role.

    Rumors of production cuts for Apple products are always difficult to put much stock into, as Apple's internal build plans are fluid as the company manages its nimble supply chain to adjust for demand and product transitions.

    Apple CEO Tim Cook has also cautioned against reading too much into supply chain reports, noting that the company has multiple sources for many components and that yield rates may vary over time, meaning that supply chain reports typically offer incomplete pictures of Apple's production situation.

    DisplaySearch analyst Paul Semenza speculated that, based on supply chain data, the next-generation iPad mini would be released in the third or fourth quarter of 2013. Reliable KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has also predicted a third-quarter release for the next iPad mini.

    The next iPad mini has been rumored to include a Retina display with a resolution of 2048 x 1536, which would give it the same number of pixels as the full-sized iPad but with a higher-density 324 pixels per inch. However, iMore's Rene Ritchie, who has also been relatively accurate, has predicted earlier this month that an interim spec-bumped iPad mini could launch in April and claimed that a Retina display iPad mini doesn't "sound imminent."

    Article Link: Apple Cutting iPad Mini Shipments in Q2 2013 to Prepare for Next Generation?
  2. Weegee1, Mar 27, 2013
    Last edited: Mar 27, 2013

    Weegee1 macrumors member

    Mar 27, 2013
    Cook is bluffing.

    Clearly, this is because nobody wants the iPad mini over those hot 7" tablets with superior specs. /s
    No really, the next generation iPad mini is obvious. Hopefully with a retina display?
  3. Weegee1 macrumors member

    Mar 27, 2013
    Do you actually use or plan on using one? Just asking since I also feel the urge to complain about the Mac Pro not coming out even though I'm set on keeping my 2008 one for a long time ;)
  4. Chuck-Norris macrumors 6502a

    Sep 17, 2012
    is it still a good time to buy an ipad mini? was considering a 16gb ipad mini with 50 dollar staples coupon
  5. komodrone macrumors 6502

    Apr 26, 2011
    I plan on buying one. Logic says I'll most likely use it, though I've bought some things in the past and have not used them one bit.
  6. Weegee1 macrumors member

    Mar 27, 2013
    OK. If I was buying a new one, I'd be totally PO'd at Apple right now.


    Isn't Staples $50 more expensive anyway?
    Either way, if you're willing to wait another 1 or 2 months, I'd recommend waiting.
  7. Karma*Police macrumors 68000

    Jul 15, 2012
    Can we stop regurgitating DigiTimes' "news" please? How many times do they have to be wrong before sites smarten up and start ignoring them??
  8. duneriderltr450 macrumors 6502


    Sep 20, 2012
  9. TheBozo macrumors newbie


    Aug 21, 2011
    Pro. Mac Pro.

    my wating list is all about the Pro line of hardware and sofware.

    Logic Pro X please...
  10. Lunfai macrumors 65816


    Nov 21, 2010
    I'm waiting for the update, I hope it comes soon :)
  11. thelookingglass macrumors 68000

    Apr 27, 2005
    Gotta hand it to them for trying. Over and over and over.
  12. golgo1313 macrumors regular

    Aug 29, 2008
    Claremont, CA
    yeah. even a stopped clock tells the right time twice a day.
  13. thasan macrumors 6502a

    Oct 19, 2007
    I think their 'news' will reduce about 50k ipad mini sales... Look I'm an analyst :p
  14. roland.g macrumors 603


    Apr 11, 2005
    One mile up and soaring
    I bought and subsequently returned an iPad Mini because of two factors:

    1. It was obvious that the screen was not as good as the retina iPad.

    2. AT&T won't allow the Mini to be a Hotspot unless you get the highest data plan or a shared data plan.

    Now I am still unlimited on my iPhone so I have not opted to go for a shared family plan.

    While I have an iPad 2 that is pretty much adopted by the kids, and I know the Mini is the same resolution on a smaller screen, so a greater PPI, I am spoiled by my retina iPhone and will wait for the iPad Mini with Retina. I would prefer the smaller and lighter form factor over the full size iPad.

    Here's to holding out a few more months.
  15. jontech macrumors 6502

    Feb 26, 2010
    Credit card is waiting for that retina version

    Por Favor...
  16. Michael Scrip macrumors 601

    Mar 4, 2011
    What exactly does Digitimes do?

    Are they ever correct about anything?

    Or are they a parody news organization like The Onion? :D
  17. johnnielse macrumors newbie

    Oct 18, 2011
    Who is accurate then? Mingchi Kuo? Yes, very often. You know he is part of Digitimes, right?!search/profile/person?personId=1482370110&targetid=profile

    They have had a lot of misses but also some spot-on claims that the Apple movement seems to have forgotten. It has basically become the "hip" thing to say. DigiTimes is useless, DigiTimes is stupid, bla bla bla. ;)
  18. Moshe1010 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 27, 2010
  19. GREEN4U macrumors 6502a

    Mar 24, 2010
    Man Apple needs to come out with more than 1 new iPad, iPad mini, and iPhone a year. Does anyone remember when they were a computer company?
  20. Lancer macrumors 68020


    Jul 22, 2002
    It will be so cool if I can get a new iPad Mini for my birthday in July!

    It would be even better if someone else would pay for it :)
  21. macs4nw macrumors 601


    Millions, including yours truly, are holding out for that sweet little puppy.....

    If weight, battery life and price are similar to the current Mini, they won't be able to make 'em fast enough.
  22. ijohn.8.80 macrumors 65816


    Jul 7, 2012
    Adelaide, Oztwaylya.
  23. Lancer macrumors 68020


    Jul 22, 2002
    I remember Picard using one of those on the Enterprise in First Contact!
  24. tekboi macrumors 6502a


    Aug 9, 2006
    We all know what coming. Retina iPad mini.

    Basically, the device the should have come out the first time around.

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