A new report this morning states that upstream sources in the iPad mini supply chain expect a 20-30% decline in shipments for the device during the second quarter of 2013 due to lacking demand in the market. The lacking demand stems from consumers waiting for the release of the next generation iPad mini, said the sources.
Apple has also recently adjusted its reserves for the current iPad mini, which are estimated to be between 10-12 million during the quarter, down from approximately 15 million in the first quarter of the year. Apple still hopes to ship 55 million iPad minis in 2013, the sources said.
If consumers are delaying their iPad mini purchases with expectations of a newer model this June, then they could be in for a rude surprise. A fresh round of rumors are now saying that delays in manufacturing are now earmarking the next generation iPad mini to debut as late as November, reports the International Business Times.
The high expectations for the next generation iPad mini may be behind the consumers holding off purchases. The report states that the iPad Mini 2 is likely to 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.
The source of these rumors stemmed from the reliable KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. However, in respect to Kuo's forecast on iPhone delays, there's news that Foxconn has stepped up their recent hiring for the next generation iPhone, which could contradict Kuo's position. Whether Foxconn's hiring would expedite shipments of the iPad mini as well is unknown at this time.
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