Apple Cutting iPad Mini Shipments to Prepare for Next Generation?

According to a recent rumor, which insinuates Apple could already be ramping down for a next-generation version, the company is cutting shipments of the iPad mini by between 10 to 12 million units.

Different sources who provide various components for Apple’s iPad mini, offered valuable information, asserting that the shipment cut could peak at 20 percent in April. In addition, the diminishing might continue to slightly decrease throughout the quarter. Therefore, the total shipments of the iPad mini may be limited to as low as 10 million units during the quarter.

Although it seems that Apple did not offer any reason for deciding to cut iPad mini shipments by up to 20%, there are claims according to which the company plans to adjust channel reserves for a next-generation model, which is anticipated to be unveiled in the third quarter. However, in addition to this speculation, the sources also affirmed that Apple is cutting its shipments also due to the increased competition coming from a notable number of 7-inch Android tablets.

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Furthermore, it appears that Apple recently adjusted shipment estimates for its iPad and iPad mini products in 2013 to 33 million and 55 million, respectively. This is a considerable change comparing it to the company’s apparent plans in December. At that time, Apple was anticipating to ship 40 million iPad minis and 60 million full-size iPads this year. Apparently, Apple entirely changed its plans in consequence of the fact that shipments of 9.7-inch tablets fell from 7.4 million in December to 1.3 million in January.

As stated above, according to a report that appeared earlier in March, Apple is gearing up to release a second-generation iPad mini, in the third calendar quarter of this year. If the rumors are true and Apple does launch new iPads in the third quarter of this year, the actual release would be later than was recently predicted by iMore, which has a strong track record in forecasting the company’s future product plans. The new iPad is expected to have a Retina display with a pixel density of 324 pixels per inch — higher even than the display on the fourth-generation iPad.

However, although the next iPad mini has been rumored to include a Retina display with a resolution of 2048 x 1536, iMore’s Rene Ritchie, has predicted earlier this month that an interim spec-bumped iPad mini could launch in April and has asserted that a Retina display iPad mini does not seem to be imminent.

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