It was September last year that we met the iPhone 5, and October when the iPad mini and fourth gen iPad were introduced. Since then? Nothing; we haven’t heard a peep from Apple on the iOS hardware front in 2013.
The iDevice drought is expected to end shortly, with several candidates for imminent launch, but one thing we’re told not to expect is the iPad mini 2.
As I mentioned above, the first gen iPad mini launched back in October, and while it went on to sell many millions of units, the spec sheet left a lot to be desired. Which, let’s face it, is par for the course with Apple; it often leaves plenty of wiggle room.
The glaring downside, for my money, was the 768 x 1024 resolution, yielding a 162PPI rating on the 7.9in display. The rival Google Nexus 7, for example, has more pixels on a smaller display, equating to 216PPI.
But fear not; the iPad mini 2 will reportedly have a Retina display with a resolution of 2048 x 1536 – same as the fourth gen iPad. That’s more like it.
That’s the story we’re hearing again over on DigiTimes, though “industry supply chain sources” reckon mass production won’t start until Q4, which will “likely bring” a 2014 release.
If that’s the case, that’ll be a killer for Apple, missing out on the ultra-lucrative “holiday season” – as our transatlantic friends like to call it.
But the story doesn’t end there. Somewhat confusingly, the sources suggest Apple might plug the gap with a “slightly updated version” of the iPad mini, one that’s thinner, lighter and with “improved specifications”.
Apple is fairly unpredictable at the moment, so I can possibly buy the Q1 2014 iPad mini 2 release date, but a “slightly updated version” just a few months before it? I’m off to eat a salt-and-salad sandwich.