Apple Delays iPad Mini 2 Release on Purpose; iPad 5 to Have Separate Launch?
By Kristin Dian Mariano | March 21, 2013 3:28 PM EST
A release date for the iPad Mini 2 appears distant as Apple is not seeing a downward slope on the demand for the original iPad Mini.
According to CNYes, since the tablet made its debut last October, the deluge of orders for the iPad Mini continue. Thus, Apple is riding on the sales high of the gadget before it deems necessary for the iPad Mini 2 launch.
Despite being in the market for a short time, the iPad Mini sparked interest. Thus, it is most likely that we will see the iPad Mini 2 before it turns one this year with greater specs and features.
Another rumour on the device is that it will be launched separately from the full-sized iPad. Because of the popularity of iPad Mini, Apple may plan a launch event solely for its successors. This proves that iPad Mini is well-included in the product line of Apple.
On the other hand, Apple's iPad Mini 2 will obviously offer Retina display to differentiate itself from its predecessor. However, Apple is struggling from supply constraints. The good news is that the Cupertino-based company is preparing to launch the next generation iPad Mini with a screen boasting of a higher resolution than the Retina Display equipped current iPad 4. The retina Display of the next generation iPad Mini will be 324 ppi which is miles ahead of the iPad 4 screens' 264 ppi display.
According to reports, iPad Mini 2 will feature a screen with a resolution of 2048 x 1536. This is almost four times the resolution of the present iPad Mini and is equal to the fourth generation iPad which was released along with the iPad Mini last year. AU Optronics has been rumoured to be making displays for the iPad Mini 2.
Other specs include a more powerful dual core A7 processor and a 7.9 inch screen. It will also feature a 10-hour battery life, a FaceTime HD camera, and an iSight camera with 1080 pixels HD video recording. Apple is also trying to reduce the thickness of the iPad Mini 2 by using the Sharp's IGZO (indium gallium zinc oxide) technology in its screens.
Apple is reportedly set to ship 55 million iPad Mini units during 2013. According to NDP DisplaySearch, the iPad Mini's demand is eclipsing the 9.7-inch iPad. Initially, the regular-sized iPad was to sell 60 million units compared to the iPad Mini's 40 million units. NDP DisplaySearch believes the figures will reverse.
Overall, the tablet market is expected to sell 254 million units during 2013, up 94 million from the 160 million units sold in 2012.
However, Apple remained tight lipped on its plans this year and the details of its upcoming devices.
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