Apple iPad mini 2

Apple's much hyped iPad mini 2 tablet is reportedly delayed until 2014. See also: Apple event live: iPad 5 and iPad mini 2 launch.

If you're waiting for an iPad mini with a Retina display then you might have to be patient as the device is supposedly delayed. Without giving reasons, Digitimes reports that the next-gen iPad mini will not go into mass production until the fourth quarter of this year.

This means it's likely that the iPad mini 2 release date will be early in 2014, according to supply chain sources. See also: Apple iPhone 5S and iPhone 6 to launch in September.

While the iPad mini 2 equipped with a Retina quality display (2048x1536 pixel resolution) won't tip up until next year, Apple might release an updated version this year anyway.

This updated model is expected to be thinner, lighter and adopt an almost bezel-free design thanks to a new chassis. There are no details but it will supposedly have improved specifications, but this is of little significance if the screen isn't included.

The source also gave some information on the iPad 5, saying it will come with thin-film touchscreen technology making it 20- to 30 percent lighter than the current model, the iPad 4. Like the iPad mini 2, it will use a slimmer bezel.

The iPad 5 will supposedly hit production in small amounts this month with around three million units to be made during August and September. A launch event and release date is tipped for October.

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