A new report this morning from Reuters cites sources who claim the second generation iPad mini with a high resolution retina display, will not rollout this month as anticipated. The October launch and release dates were widely speculated, but never confirmed by Apple. The prevailing thought was that Apple would use September as the launch month for the new iPhones, setting the stage a month later for the introduction of the iPad 2 and retina-equipped iPad mini 2. This now seems unlikely, with Apple suppliers allegedly just starting to ramp up production within their supply chain.
Apple may choose to announce the products at some point before the brisk holiday season, despite seemingly unavoidable shortages, or allow the product to slip to next year. Given the recent launches of high resolution 7-inch tablets from Google and Amazon, customers are looking for retina-quality iPad mini.
When Apple does announce the new iPad mini, it will be flanked by a redesign of the full-sized iPad 5. Recent product leaks show the product to be largely influenced by the design of the mini. The iPad 5 will be thinner, with the front side bezels seeing a significant reduction.
As we have seen with the iPhone 5s, the introduction of new colors has seen a tremendous response from consumers. The new iPads could also find themselves available in gold, silver and space gray.
If the reports are correct, finding a gold iPad mini 2 around the holidays is going to be near impossible, if at all. The iPad mini is the last of Apple’s iOS devices to adopt the retina display, leaving consumers anxious to see the company bring higher resolution to the mini. An incremental jump in specifications (processor, camera), likely wouldn’t be enough to differentiate from the current product. Customers might get what they want, but in short supply.