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The upcoming iPad Mini 2 will be announced without Retina Display, as per a new report. Brain White, an analyst with Cantor Fitzgerald, citing supply chain sources revealed that Apple will announce an updated second generation iPad Mini 2 with minor cosmetic changes. Apple is said to announce its new tablets, both the iPad 5 and the iPad Mini 2 on October 22.
In a note written to investors, White claimed that Apple is indeed working on HD iPad Mini 2 but the device won't be seen sharing stage next to the iPad 5 on October 22. He further said that the supposed iPad Mini 2 will not be different from the current generation iPad Mini. Moreover, Apple plans to release iPad Mini with Retina Display in the first quarter next year.
"Interestingly enough, the accessories for a potential new iPad mini were not updated at the trade shows we attended, and the data points around a new iPad mini during our discussions were few," White wrote in a note to clients on Monday morning. "Some of our contacts at the trade shows believe that minor changes (e.g., faster processor, etc.) will be made on the next iteration of the iPad mini for the Special Event on October 22 but that a major upgrade with Retina Display will not occur until 1Q:14. As such, we expect Apple's October 22 Special Event to be more important for the larger iPad family, with the iPad 5 enjoying a meaningful overhaul, but we anticipate only a modest upgrade to the iPad mini and without the Retina Display."
There have been reports saying that Apple would not be able to introduce the iPad Mini 2 with Retina Display during crucial holiday season. A few days ago, AllThingsD reported that Apple will announce updated iPads (including iPad Mini 2 with HD display) on October 22, alongside new MacBook Pro and OS X Mavericks.
Meanwhile, according to Japanese blog Macotakara, the next-gen iPad Mini 2 will be thicker and comes with a larger battery. The information was tipped to the blog site by a case maker. It is suspected that the Apple iPad Mini 2 could feature much demanding feature i.e. Retina Display.
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