Apple is still struggling to incorporate Retina Display technology into the iPad mini 2, it seems, with sources indicating the micro tablet is unlikely to make its putative due-date this month.
Supply chain sources cited by Reuters indicate that Apple will be unable to widely rollout the device in October, with manufacturing partners reportedly only now preparing to make the screens.
Worse for shareholders and would-be buyers alike, though, is that the glitches mean that the iPad mini 2 is likely to be in short supply for the rest of the year.
That means Apple could miss out on the tablet sales bonanza in the run-up to Christmas. And leaves the way open for new, budget-friendly Amazon slates from Amazon and Google to make marketshare gains.
The exact problem with Retina Displays on the iPad mini 2 isn’t detailed in the report.
But a possible cause mentioned is that Apple is dragging its heels with awarding certification to panel producers, amid concerns that they cannot meet power-efficiency requirements.
Apple could now opt to bring an edition of the iPad mini 2 to market this year without the Retina Display. A version with the high-end screen, meanwhile, may then be released next year.
Leaked photos indicate that it come in the same, gold, space grey and white colour options as the iPhone 5s.