It looks like Digitimes has gone against what they said a few days back. Earlier, rumors suggested Apple will postpone a Retina iPad mini launch until 2014, and will instead launch a lighter version of the device with hardware improvements. This was due to the shortage of the retina panels from the suppliers. Now, the dubious Taiwanese publication is suggesting the second generation “Retina” iPad Mini will hit the shelves this fall, after all.
According to Digitimes, sources close to the suppliers are saying LG has undertaken the task to produce the high resolution panels for the iPad Mini. LG Display is expected to ship around 3 million display panels a month for the 9.7 inch tablet out of which 1 to 2 million would be for the next generation iPad while the rest are for older models. The supplier is also purported to ship 2 to 3 million units for the upcoming Retina display iPad Mini as well.
The report suggests the upcoming iPad will be thinner and lighter than its predecessor. In the case of availability of the Retina iPad Mini, rumors suggest it will be launched in October.
Will Apple launch the second generation iPad Mini in the fourth quarter of 2013? Considering the amount of rumors we have seen in the past few days, I think there is a 50/50 chance.