The iPad mini is fresh out of the gate, and we’re already talking about Apple’s follow-up device. Recently, we looked at rumors that got into some specifics about the changes Apple might be working on, including the expected resolution-bump up to Retina quality, as well as claims that that some re-engineering might shave a little bit off the tablet’s weight. While there’s nothing surprising about the idea that Apple could already be working on the next iPad mini, just when Apple might release such a device is a more contentious issue. After all, the rapid-fire iPad 3 and iPad 4 releases might suggest that Apple’s not content to wait around until next fall to get get this new iPad mini into customer hands. We’ve already heard rumors that Apple might be thinking about sometime mid-next-year for the iPad mini 2, but some new analysis suggests we could get the tablet even sooner.
One analyst, after traveling through China talking to companies that supply Apple with components, reports that Apple appears to be moving up its schedule for the iPad mini 2. Another specifically says to look for a release in the first half of 2013, rather than closer to mid-year or even later.
We’re a little split on the issue. On one hand, we love to see new and improved devices coming out as soon as possible; on the other hand, Apple fans are going to get fed-up pretty quickly if Apple has something new and improved (and turning their expensive gadgets into yesterday’s news) every six months.
Source: Business Insider