By Jim Karpen on Thu, 10/03/2013
If Apple does have an event this month to announce new iPads and new Mac laptops, it's hard to imagine what they'll offer regarding the iPad mini. Reuters is reporting today that the high-resolution retina display for the iPad mini simply isn't yet ready for production, according to sources in Apple's supply chain.
Apple's suppliers are only just now starting to manufacture the display, and if Apple were to make a retina iPad mini available this year, it wouldn't be until late in the year, and then in very limited quantities. The source for the Reuters story said that Apple would indeed be introducing a new iPad mini this month, but without a retina display it's hard to imagine it will generate much interest. Likely the processor will be upgraded to an A6 but it seems unlikely that the mini will get Touch ID or any of the other major innovations of the iPhone 5s.
Rumors of an iWatch continue to appear on occasion. As always, even if Apple is working on a product and has developed prototypes, it doesn't necessarily mean the device will make it to market. The latest rumor, on the website The Chosun Ilbo, again suggests that Apple's iWatch will have a flexible OLED display. I have to admit that their mockup image, which accompanies this post, is pretty cool. You can imagine Apple doing something like this—and that it would be hugely popular. The website's industry source said that Apple is developing three different sizes: 1.3-inch, 1.4-inch, and 1.5-inch, with a prototype of the latter already in hand.
A CNET article posted today says the market is ready for an iWatch from Apple. Samsung and others have come out with smartwatches, but so far none has gotten a very good reception. This could be yet another instance in which other companies pave the way, and then Apple enters the space with a slam dunk—just as it did with the iPod, iPhone, and iPad. It's fun to think about.