Conflicting rumors about the debut of Apple Inc.’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) next-generation iPad mini with Retina display continue to circulate only one day before the Cupertino, California-based company’s media event is scheduled to take place in San Francisco. The latest rumors come courtesy of The Wall Street Journal’s unnamed supply chain sources.
According to the Journal, Apple will unveil a new iPad mini with Retina display at Tuesday’s media event. Previous rumors had suggested that Apple would delay the debut of the iPad mini with Retina display due to production constraints.
Market research firm IHS iSuppli’s sources reported late last month that the iPad mini with Retina display would likely launch in 2014 due to low manufacturing volumes. Similarly, Reuters cited supply chain sources earlier this month that said Apple would have a limited supply of Retina iPad minis due to a delayed certification process for Apple’s panel manufacturers.
On Sunday, an image of a purported gold-colored iPad mini 2 with a Touch ID fingerprint sensor surfaced online. However, well-connected KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo recently predicted that neither of Apple’s new iPads would include a fingerprint sensor or be available in a gold color option, and no other websites have obtained any photos of the supposed gold-colored iPad mini.
Besides speaking about the debut of the iPad mini 2 with Retina display, The Wall Street Journal’s sources also said that Apple will unveil a fifth-generation, 9.7-inch iPad that will supposedly feature design elements borrowed from the iPad mini, including narrower bezels. Apple is holding its invitation-only media event in San Francisco on Tuesday, where the company may also unveil a refreshed MacBook Pro as well as the latest update to its operating system, OS X 10.9 Mavericks.
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