Apple may not be able to release a Retina Display version of the iPad mini this month, sources tell Reuters.
Apple’s supply chain is only now gearing up to make retina displays for the iPad Mini, which means the gadgets could be available in only limited quantities this year, if at all, and the company may miss the chance to cash in on the year-end holiday shopping season, the sources said.
It’s believed that one reason for the manufacturing delay could be Apple’s certification of panel producers. The company reportedly had strict power saving requirements. LG, Samsung, and Sharp all vied to manufacture the panels.
Given the time needed to ramp up production, the new iPad mini likely won’t be available in large volumes until next year. This corroborates a recent report from Rhoda Alexander, director of Tablet and Monitor Research at IHS iSuppli, who said manufacturing volumes on the device match better with a first quarter 2014 launch.