The iPad mini 2 launch could arrive earlier than originally planned according to an analyst visiting chip makers in China.
In a note to investors, Doug Freedman, a RBC Capital Markets analyst says the iPad mini second generation is, “getting pulled-in.”
Essentially this means Freedman’s contacts believe Apple is moving up the release of the iPad mini 2nd generation from the originally planned launch.
This rumor would provide more context if there was enough facts to predict when apple will release a new iPad mini. In the past Apple stuck close to annual upgrade cycles for the iPad, but this fall Apple moved up the iPad 4 from March to launch ahead of the holiday shopping season.
Between the faster iPad launch and rumors of a June iPhone 5 or iPhone 6 launch at WWDC 2013, Apple’s release calendar is harder to predict.
Considering the iPad mini is still shipping in one week at Apple.com and tough to find at retail locations, talk of the iPad mini 2nd generation launch seems early, even with rumors of an upgraded display for the iPad mini 2nd gen.
Two sources claim the iPad mini 2nd generation will feature a Retina Display like the larger iPad and the iPhone 5. Performance suggests Apple will need a faster processor to power the Retina Display on the iPad mini.
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Given Apple’s newfound willingness to refresh products at an Android-like speed, it’s a possibility that the normal March/April product launch event usually reserved for the iPad could play host to further refinements.
Rumors of an iPad 5 launch in mid-2013 surfaced in November, and Apple is known for grouping product launches, so perhaps the iPad event will move back to Spring or take center stage at WWDC 2013.