Apple partners prepare for an early launch of the iPad Mini 2

On December 21, 2012

Although Apple has not yet released iPad Mini in all the markets that sells iDevices, U.S. corporate partners were already preparing to produce iPad mini 2 tablet. An American analyst has visited Asian factories of Apple’s partners and it seems that the chip manufacturers have already received confirmation to begin preparing for production of Mini iPad 2 tablet components. It seems that Apple would be interested to launch the new tablet earlier than after a traditional passing year between the launch of important products, but no one yet knows for sure the exact time of the release.

RBC Capital Markets analyst Doug Freedman — who is in China visiting chip companies this week — offered this ambiguous Apple note: “iPad Mini Gen-2: Apple’s gen-2 iPad mini is getting pulled-in, and is likely to have several new suppliers, with TXN gaining content.” ”Pulled in” would seem to imply that Apple is moving up introduction of the next iPad Mini. That would be helpful if we knew when the gen 2 Mini was actually slated to ship in the first place. As the current iPad Mini is still in short supply, we may be getting a little ahead of ourselves.

iPad Mini 2 might come with a Retina Display and improved hardware, the current model users complaining that the screen is significantly lower than the one implemented in the iPad 3 and iPad 4, and the performance is not up to expectations. Apple would not be unusual for a launch before its “term”, but it remains to be seen how crowded it will the 2013 year.