Apple’s rumoured Retina iPad mini won’t go into production until October because of yield issues caused by the high-res display.
According to a note from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the second-generation iPad mini is experiencing production issues that stem from fitting a display with enough pixels to qualify as Retina into the 7.9-inch tablet. Because of this, Kuo suggests that we won’t see the device entering mass-production until October, effectively ruling out a fall launch.
Kuo also notes that Apple may look to build a low-cost iPad mini to help boost sales and fend off competitors. Such a tablet could cost around $199 to $249 and Kuo suggests that this could be achieved through a number of measures, including removing the rear camera, reducing storge to 8GB or improving production processes of the metal casing or A5 processor.
Finally, Kuo still believes that Apple’s fifth-generation iPad will launch with a redesigned case that matches that of the iPad mini, but that alone may not help Apple’s iPad sales dramatically because it doesn’t offer an entirely different experience from the iPad mini.
Kuo’s predictions have been pretty accurate in the past, and the notion that Apple is having issues with Retina iPad mini production certainly seems likely, but we’re not sure that Apple would compromise user experience by removing features like the iPad mini’s rear camera in order to make a cheaper model.