NPD Analyst: Two New iPad minis in the Works
Late Sunday, NPD DisplaySearch analyst Richard Shim went on the record to state his expectation that Apple will introduce a refreshed iPad mini in the third quarter of this year. The cornerstone of the refresh? Retina display, the analyst says.
But one iPad mini refresh may not be enough for Apple in the next twelve months.
"We see two refreshes coming. One in the second half of this year, then one in Q1 of 2014," Shim subsequently added, delivering expanded clarification of his earlier prognostication regarding the next iPad mini. "The Q1  device will have a Retina display plus an updated processor."
Initially, NPD reported that the iPad mini with Retina Display wouldn't arrive until the first quarter of 2014. Instead, the second refresh will take place in Q1 of 2014, six months after consumers gain access to the second generation iPad mini with Retina Display.
As always, it's difficult to determine where these analyst predictions originate from - sources, chatter, supply chain data, etc. Nonetheless, NDP carries substantial weight and, understandably, these latest projections are getting a lot of digital ink today.