The second generation iPad Mini is expected to enter production as early as June if you’re following along with most rumors. However, a new report from DigiTimes citing Apple’s Taiwanese supply chain, suggests the 7.9-inch tablet with a Retina display won’t enter volume production until late July or August, pushing the official release back to November 2013.
The report suggests that Apple may be purposefully spreading out the launches for the next iPad and iPad Mini in a bid to increase sales for both.
“As for the second-generation iPad mini, some market watchers believe the delay is because 9.7-inch iPad sales were seriously impacted by iPad mini in 2012, and so to avoid the situation from happening again, Apple has turned its product focus for 2013 to the new 9.7-inch iPad,” the unnamed source told DigiTimes. A report published in early May corroborates with that sentiment, although it also came from DigiTimes.
DigiTimes and its sources aren’t always correct, so it’s still possible the iPad Mini 2 could arrive in the fall at the same time as Apple’s redesigned fifth-generation iPad, which is expected to have a design scheme similar to that of the iPad mini.