Production of the new iPad mini with a Retina display, and that’s assuming the device will actually launch with a new high-res screen, is said to be right in-line with production levels for the original iPad mini. The report was published by IHS iSuppli, which keeps a hawk’s eye on the component industry for major gadgets. There were some early reports that indicated the iPad mini 2 was facing manufacturing issues, which could have suggested that production was slower.
“Based [the data] we are seeing in the [manufacturing] pipeline, the volumes are similar to the iPad Mini that we saw in Q4 of last year,” IHS iSuppli director of mobile and emerging displays Vinita JKakhanwal told CNET. If Apple does indeed add a Retina Display, which may be provided by LG and AU Optronics, to the iPad mini, the device could have a super sharp 2,048 x 1,536 resolution, though there are numerous reports suggesting that Apple will not include the technology in its next model.
The iPad mini 2 is expected to launch sometime before the holidays, which means Apple will likely hold another event following its Sept. 10 iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C announcements.