Alleged rendering problems with the screen just would force Apple to delay until the October launch of the new tablet
The next generation of Apple's iPad mini, which most likely will be characterized by the presence of one type screen Retina, will not arrive on the market before next fall as designed by the analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities, which in the past has already shown some accuracy in identifying in advance the moves of Apple.
The analyst argues that in fact there are some problems with the yields of the screen, that will force Apple to delay the launch of the new tablet around the month of October. According to Kuo there would be some obstacles in being able to condense the sufficient number of pixels within a screen of 7.9 inches in order to qualify as a Retina type display.
Kuo noted that in the face of this obstacle, Apple may decide to temporarily introduce on the market a cheaper version of the iPad mini, in order to push sales and outperform competitors tablet at a low price. According to the analyst an iPad mini "cheap" could be placed on the market at a price between 199 and 249 dollars.
Apple could adopt various solutions to contain the cost of production of iPad mini. The analyst advances in this regard a number of roads, including the removal of the rear camera, the reduction of storage space to 8GB, a simplified production of the metal chassis or a more advanced process for the production of the SoC Apple A5.
KGI securities analyst also expressed some consideration for iPad to 9.7 inches, the fifth-generation model which will come in the autumn and also features a new stylistic approach more similar to that of iPad mini. According to Kuo, however, iPad will not see a particular increase in sales since the device does not offer a user experience very different from that of iPad mini.
"We think for the long term Apple will remain competitive in the tablet market with the release of new and exciting products. But with the postponement of product launches and in the face of tougher competition, Apple and the supply chain of iPad will have to wait until the fourth quarter of 2013 before significant growth. "