The iPad Mini is delayed, according to an Asia-based report. But that's only meaningful if the original rumor about an October iPad Mini announcement was true.
Brooke CrothersFormer CNET contributor
Brooke Crothers writes about mobile computer systems, including laptops, tablets, smartphones: how they define the computing experience and the hardware that makes them tick. He has served as an editor at large at CNET News and a contributing reporter to The New York Times' Bits and Technology sections. His interest in things small began when living in Tokyo in a very small apartment for a very long time.
Interpreting Digitimes -- or the supply chain in general -- is never easy, but it would appear that October shipments would imply delivery from Apple sometime after October.
And Digitimes goes on to cite "low yields" for components such as the iPad Mini's chassis.
I asked IHS iSuppli's tablet analyst, Rhoda Alexander, what she thought about that, with the understanding that claims about a delay could be suspect themselves.
"If they're trying to do the same thing they did with iPhone 5, where they go to a more molded chassis and push the boundaries of industrial design, it is possible that would cause some production delays," according to Alexander.
And she couldn't resist commenting on the rumors themselves. "There are so many rumors about Apple out there, and so many of them are wrong."
Right or wrong, expect plenty of rumors in the coming days and weeks if the iPad Mini doesn't materialize in the anticipated time frame.
And what about a 13.3-inch Retina MacBook Pro? NPD DisplaySearch has been expecting shipments in the fourth quarter but has never committed to any shipment date for Apple. So, that falls into the wait-and-see category.
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