There’s no surprise in the fact that everyone who wanted an iPad mini last year, wants the Retina iPad mini a lot more this year, simply because of the enhancements in the display. It’s really hard to predict just how popular this tablet will be though, since its steep price pulls it away form any competition with the Nexus 7, and instead makes it compete with much bigger tablets.
That could be a signal for low demand for the Retina iPad mini, but even if there was a high demand for it, it seems that Apple isn’t expecting it. According to a KGI Securities analyst, this new tablet will be highly constrained, just as we saw the gold iPhone 5S struggle in meeting demand. Apparently there will only be a third of the units that Apple produced for the old iPad mini last year, and judging by the sales of last-year’s smaller tablet, this could mean trouble no matter how you look at it.
Obviously the iPad Air will be a big story this year, and it could be that the Retina iPad mini is truly not as popular as some of us expect, but time will tell. Remember that the iPad Air will be available on November 1st, and the Retina iPad mini until later in November, so that’ll help stir some detail on what to expect.
Via: 9 to 5 Mac
Source: The Telegraph