The iPad mini with Retina is expected to launch in early November but, according to industry analysts, Apple’s new tablet could be extremely limited at launch due to “ridiculously tight” supplies. In an interview with The Telegraph, director of tablet research at IHS Electronics and Media Rhoda Alexander.
“Apple’s 2013 iPad shipment growth is shaping up to be comparatively modest and the shift in launch cycles has played a major role in the slowdown,” Alexander said.
Apple’s own site lends even more support to the predictions. According to Apple’s website, the iPad Air will launch on Nov. 1, while the iPad mini with Retina is slated for release “later in November.” This seems like an clear indication that at the very least Apple isn’t sure when the 7.9-inch tablet will be ready to launch.
Apple faced similar issues with the iPhone 5s launch last month, when limited copies of the flagship handset quickly flew off the shelves. In response, the company was reportedly forced to cut production orders on the cheaper iPhone 5c in an effort to rush more copies of the iPhone 5s to market. It’s unclear if Apple will see the same availability issues come up for the iPad mini with Retina’s launch, but we’ll know for sure starting next month when the new iPads ship.