In a new report from market research firm IHS iSuppi, the iPad 5 is headed for an October launch, as expected, while the iPad Mini 2 could be delayed until early 2014.
“While Apple’s iPad 5 looks to be on schedule for an October release, that’s not the case for the Retina version of the Mini, according to Rhoda Alexander, director of Tablet and Monitor Research at IHS iSuppli.
“The Retina Mini looks less certain for that time. Manufacturing volumes on that would match better with a Q114 [first quarter 2014] launch,” she told CNET.
Though she quickly qualified that saying, “But given that it’s Apple, one never knows” — meaning that Apple could announce a product but not necessarily ship it at the same time as the iPad 5.”
The delay of the iPad Mini 2 is likely caused buy low volumes of the Retina display itself. Recent rumors claim that the big Apple iPad event will be hosted on Tuesday, October 15th, where both devices and release dates will be unveiled.