At least one of the rumors that have preceded the launch of the iPad Mini 2 is proving to be true, that there is not enough inventory of the tablet to begin with. Maybe that is the reason Apple is pushing the market launch of the device closer to the holiday season. There is no specific launch date specified as yet, though a product listing at Target points to it being November 21. If true, this will make the release to be the Thursday before Thanksgiving, one week before Black Friday, meaning there will still be enough time for Apple to catch up with the holiday rush without putting much strain on inventory, something that could have been a possibility if the tablet is launched earlier than that.
Meanwhile, this could also be a tacit ploy on part of the California company to give enough time for the iPad Air to have a free run at the market before its smaller sibling joins the party. As it is, the iPad Mini has already proven to be a lot more popular than the full sized iPad and Apple may not be in the mood to take any chances this time. Apple has provided the new 9.7 inch iPad with a thorough design refresh so that it is thinner, lighter, and more compact than ever before, something that has earned it the “Air” moniker. MacBook Air also came to be called such when it was launched with a thinner and lighter profile.
As it is, the iPad Mini 2 remains largely unchanged on the design front but has been provided with the much talked about retina display. It has also become a bit heavier and thicker in the process, though still well within acceptable limits. It offers the 64 bit A7 bit chip (the same that does duty on the latest iPhone 5s and iPad Air) to boost performance, as well as an improved rear camera. Curiously, the RAM remains the same at 512 MB, even though the 64 bit chip can support much higher capacity RAM.
Apple is yet to officially acknowledge any production issues that they might be facing.
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