iPad Mini Retina arrives -- with supply issues, says analyst
Apple says the iPad Mini with Retina Display is "coming later in November." But ample supply may not come till next year.
Previous rumors about limited supply of Apple's iPad Mini Retina seem to be coming true.
But even when the $399 tablet (starting price) becomes available in November, the initial supply may be a relative trickle if demand goes through the roof.
"The supply for that product is severely constrained," said Rhoda Alexander, director of Tablet and Monitor Research at IHS iSuppli.
"We don't expect to see meaningful volume until first quarter [of 2014]."
Part of the problem seems to be centered on making enough of the pixel-dense Mini's 7.9-inch 2048-by-1536 Retina Displays.
That's the same resolution on Apple's larger iPad Air but in a much smaller package -- which drives up pixel density, making it more difficult to make in the very high volumes that Apple needs.
The iPad Air has a pixel density of a relatively modest 264 pixels per inch, but that jumps to 326 pixels per inch for the new Mini.
Apple faced supply-demand problems for the original Mini too.
Apple did not respond to a request for comment.