Apple Rumored to Launch a Redesigned iPad Mini This Year with a Retina Model in 2014
Apple’s second-generation iPad mini is set to launch later this year with a thinner and lighter design, but a new rumor claims a model touting a higher-resolution Retina display may no debut until 2014. The claims, originally published by the folks over at DigiTimes
, with the latest details sourcing as usual to unnamed people on Apple’s supply chain, suggesting the new iPad mini will launch in the second half of 2013 with a thinner and lighter design but no Retina display.
According to the report, the model would be a minor refresh, while a major upgrade with a 2,048 by 1,536 pixel Retina display would be released at a later date. The supply chain sources allegedly indicate that the Retina iPad mini isn’t likely to go into production until late this year, which would set it on track for a 2014 debut. In addition, the report said that the Retina model would likely see another redesign, this time with “an almost bezel-free look.”
The details come just a few days after a separate report from the Far East which claimed that Apple’s iPad mini may not gain a high-resolution display until early 2014. Various reported have indicated that Apple previously hoped to launch a Retina display on its 7.9-inch iPad this fall but the technical issues may prevent the company from doing so.
The recently released reported also included details on the fifth-generation full-size iPad, suggesting that the device will use “thin-film screen technology” to reduce its weight by up to 30%. The 9.7-inch iPad is also expected to have a thinner bezel design and shipments are expected to reach between 2 million and 3 million units in August and September. Previous reports have suggested that the device will feature a similar design to the iPad mini with lighter and thinner specs.
We’ll have to wait and see which of these rumors turn out to be true.