Apple is reportedly gearing up to launch the second generation iPad mini with a Retina display during the second half of this year, followed by a successor in the first quarter of 2014 with a faster processor, and apparently production will start in the coming months.
“We should see the start of mass production of the panels in June or July,” NPD DisplaySearch analyst Richard Shim told CNET in a recent interview. DisplaySearch is the same company that offered yesterday’s predictions for the launch dates of the second and third generation iPad mini tablets. LG is expected to help provide displays, in addition to other firms, but Samsung is out for now, according to Shim.
“Samsung is currently not in the iPad Mini and they won’t be in the next generation. LGD is becoming a much bigger supplier than before,” he explained, noting that the screen resolution will be 2048 x 1536-pixels.