Almost a month after its initial release, Retina iPad mini supply still appears to be constrained, particularly at major carrier retail stores in the U.S.
Tablets were some of the most sought after products this holiday weekend, with Apple’s iPad leading tablets in this particular segment.
A new report indicates that the display on Apple’s much awaited Retina iPad mini is actually quite far behind its main rivals.
Reports coming in from the supply chain suggest that production bottlenecks have been eliminated and that Retina iPad mini production is now steadily climbing.
Amid mounting rumors of supply constraints, Apple now allows customers to purchase a Retina iPad mini from its retail stores without ordering one online first.
It has been rumored time and time again that Retina iPad mini supplies are tight, and it seems things haven’t improved since launch.
It not unusual to see people conducting various stress tests on a new device, but shooting at it with an MP7 submachine gun is a whole new ballgame.
It has been discovered that few Retina iPad mini units are showing image retention issues, no one knows exactly how many units are affected by this.
There has been a lot of speculation about Retina iPad mini supply constraints at launch, Apple assures customers that it is “working hard” to keep up with demand.
The online Apple Store has gone down globally ahead of the expected launch of the Retina iPad mini on November 12.
Apple reportedly turns to rival Samsung for Retina iPad mini display panels as rumors about shortage mount
It has been consistently rumored over the past week that supplies of Retina iPad mini are going to be severely constrained due to low yield rates of display panels. Apple has now reportedly turned to its arch rival Samsung to provide it with the panels.
It has been consistently rumored that supplies of the recently announced Retina iPad mini are going to be severely tight at launch, Apple CEO Tim Cook seems to hint at that possibility as well.
Apple hasn’t clarified exactly when the Retina iPad mini is going to be available, though rumor has it that the pre-orders might start on November 1.
There have been no rumors of iPad Air being in short supply, reiterated by chatter that the company might offer in-store pickup option on launch day, which is November 1.
While Apple didn’t mention exactly how much RAM both iPad Air and Retina iPad Mini have, it is believed that the new tablets have 1GB of RAM hooked up with their 64 bit A7 chips.
A purported indirect channel inventory snapshot points towards the possibility of a new MacBook Pro lineup as well as existing iPad mini being offered at a relatively low price than its rumored Retina touting successor.
The latest analyst prediction suggests that Apple Retina iPad mini isn’t going to be released this year, he pegs the release in the first quarter of 2014.
Apple was previously rumored to unveil the Retina iPad mini 2 later this month. A new report claims that the tablet might not be released this year due to supply constraints.
It isn’t known right now when Apple intends to unveil its refreshed iPad models. A new rumor from a French blog suggests that the company might conduct a media event on October 15 to announce the tablets.