Apple’s iPad 5 and iPad mini 2 could be announced later this month, but if the rumors are to be believed, the iPad mini 2 could face some supply constraints meaning that even if it were to be announced this month, customers would have a hard time getting their hands on it. This is a similar issue that customers are finding with the iPhone 5s at the moment, which apparently is due to the Touch ID sensor that is giving manufacturers problems. In the case of the iPad mini 2, it is believed that the Retina display could be the problem and this was “confirmed” last week by IHS iSupply, and is corroborated with a recent report by Reuters.
According to their report, it is believed that Apple’s supply chain is only now gearing up to make the Retina displays for the upcoming tablet, meaning that if the tablet is launched, quantities will be extremely limited at the start and customers could be forced to wait weeks in order to get their hands on the device. It has been suggested in the past that Apple could be passing on putting Retina displays in the iPad mini 2 due to worries that it could eat into iPad sales, but as Frank Gillett, an analyst at Forrester, puts it, “If they don’t put in retina … there will be howls.”