We all know what to expect from the iPad 5 launch next week, specifically a thinner, lighter design with less bezel, but there’s still a question mark over the iPad mini 2, specifically pertaining to the Retina display.
The latest rumour suggests that Apple will indeed launch a Retina iPad mini 2 alongside the iPad 5, but that it’ll arrive in incredibly limited quantities at first.
There were suggestions that Apple might release a souped-up iPad mini next week but keep the Retina version back till early next year on account of low yields.
He expects next week’s Apple event to “revolve largely around iPad mini Retina Display”, while we can also expect refreshed iPads and MacBook Pros.
With regards to the problematic Retina iPad mini 2, Misek writes: “Our checks indicate that the mini Retina is having production issues but think Apple is more likely to launch in CQ4 with fewer units than delay it to CQ1.”
When Misek says "fewer units", he means as little as 2-5 million Retina iPad mini 2s to cover the initial launch.
He also suspects that the tagline “We still have a lot to cover” hints at a new type of Smart Cover for the iPads. Yeah, prob’ly.
The iPad 5/iPad mini 2 launch event has now been confirmed for October 22 (without mentioning any specific devices, admittedly), so Tim Cook will see you next Tuesday.