But that's enough for the Rumor Recycling Sites, such as GottaBeMobile, where Chuong Nguyen interprets DigiTimes as saying that (in his post's headline) "Retina Display Production Suggests iPad 5, iPad mini 2 Coming in the Fall After All."
Yet again, we're back where we began in the endless wheel of circular reasoning. We expect the tablets in the fall, so increased component shipments show that the tablets will be announced in ... the fall.
Nguyen is helpful but it turns out inaccurately more precise about the date, at least for the iPad 5: DigiTimes, he writes, "says that the tablet is expected in October" although DigiTimes' post says no such thing.
iPad 5 releases in early September; cheap iPad mini later; iPad mini 2 later still
And the reason for this precision? "We believe."
That's the Royal We typically used in Notes To Investors by stock analysts, in this case by Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities. His latest NTI was picked up by MacRumors Juli Clover, who summarizes Kuo's comments in her own post:
"The fifth generation iPad, which is also expected in September, has been rumored to feature a slimmer, iPad mini-style redesign that will offer a thinner form factor and smaller bezels," Clover writes. "According to Kuo, it will be the only iPad released in 2013, which is unsurprising as the potential release date of the iPad mini has been in flux in recent months. Though some reports have suggested Apple might release a slightly upgraded non-Retina version of the iPad mini in late 2013, Kuo does not believe that will happen."
When Clover says the "potential release date of the iPad mini has been in flux in recent months," she really means that "rumors of the potential release date have been in flux." Taken as a whole, the rumors say the iPad mini 2 will be released sometime between September 2013 and April 2014; will or will not have a Retina display; that it is delayed and that it is not delayed; and that there will be as many as three new iPad mini models a slightly upgraded iPad mini, a slightly cheaper iPad mini, and a Retina display iPad mini 2.
Kuo at least admits to the challenges Apple faces bringing the high-resolution Retina display to the Next iPad Mini. "Kuo attributes the iPad mini Retina delay to the higher energy demand of a Retina display alongside limited battery capacity because of the diminutive size of the device," according to Macrumors. As a result, he predicts that the Retina iPad mini will be released in March or April 2014.