iPad mini with retina display will launch this year

Previous reports indicate that iPad mini with a retina display may not launch this year, but a recent report suggests that the tablet will make its appearance this fall.

The 7.9-inch iPad mini was launched along with the iPad 4 in Oct. 2012 and the tablet was received well in the smaller tablet arena. However, the iPad mini also received criticism for not having a retina display. Rumors of the next-generation iPad mini with retina display have been circling in the tablet arena ever since the launch of the original iPad mini. Considering that the first-half of the year has already lapsed, we can hope that the tablet with a retina display shows up sometime soon.

"Apple's next generation iPad mini may not go into mass production until the fourth quarter of 2013, which will likely bring about a 2014 release date for the device," per a previous DigiTimes report.

However, DigiTimes seems to have received updated information from its supply chain sources and reports that the next iteration of the iPad mini will in fact launch in this fall.

"The sources also added that LG is reportedly making new headway in producing Retina panel technology for use in the next-generation iPad mini, and expects to ship about 2-3 million units a month in preparation for Apple's expected October release date," reports the latest DigiTimes report.   

Apple revolutionized the bigger tablet space with the launch of iPad in 2010. Since then, the company has launched three more tablets and all of them have been received well by iFans.

The iPad mini also took over the hearts of millions of customers and is able to compete well with other available tablets in its category. We do not know if a retina display will be the only change Apple is planning to bring to the next version of iPad mini, but customers may look for a faster processor, bigger battery and more in the upcoming tablet.

Apple has not confirmed its plans to launch either the iPad mini 2 or the iPad 5, so we will have to wait until an official announcement is made by the company. 

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