APPLE'S roll out of a new version of the iPad Mini with a high-resolution "retina" display is facing delays, leaving the gadget open to competition from sharper-screened rivals made by competitors Google and Amazon. It was hoped the device would go on sale this month but Apple's supply chain is only now gearing up to make retina displays for the iPad Mini.
This means the gadgets could be available in limited quantities, if at all, and the company may miss the chance to cash in on the year-end holiday shopping season.
California-based Apple has come under pressure to preserve market share and bolster sales against rivals that are rapidly raising specifications and lowering prices. It remains unclear exactly what new features and modifications could find their way into the next iPad Mini, which the sources said was due to be unveiled this month. But higher-resolution screens and cameras, as well as thinner and lighter dimensions, are among the improvements users have come to expect with updated smartphones and tablets.
"If they don't put in retina ... there will be howls," said Frank Gillett, a technology analyst with Forrester.