After dealing with Apple's many phone woes, PhoneArena continues: "Apple's troubles don't end here, though, for according to Kuo, the iPad mini 2 will be pushed all the way to March or April next year. Ours and the analyst's intel seem to converge on this one, for Retina panels combined with the smaller 7.9-inch factor have proven a tough nut to crack for Cupertino."
Again, nothing presented by Kuo or PhoneArena credibly suggests a "delay." And one doesn't need "intel" to realize that an iPad mini with Retina display is a tough nut, or that Apple may not intend to introduce one until later, even much later, in its product development cycle.
iPad 5 will have a 13-inch screen
A story in The Wall Street Journal has ignited speculation that Apple will soon have a 12.9-inch iPad.
"People at Apple's suppliers said [Apple] asked for prototype smartphone screens larger than its current iPhone in recent months, and has asked for screen designs for a new tablet measuring slightly less than 13 inches," according to the Journal story. The next sentence added an important caveat, which many blogs and tech sites ignored: "Whether the designs will make their way to market is unclear, but they could lead to Apple phones and tablets that are larger than the current 4-inch iPhone 5 and 9.7-inch iPad."
The request "in recent months" for different sizes of screens to test indicates that finished products equipped with them are in all likelihood years, not months, away.
According to the Journal's Conventional Wisdom Narrative, "The challenge Apple faces is how to continue expanding its customer base with innovative new products and refinements of current ones. Apple has successfully done both, but analysts note the company hasn't launched a new product line since the original iPad in 2010."
Innovation and refinement amount to making devices with different screen sizes. "The tests with suppliers suggest that Apple is exploring ways to capture customer interest in smartphones and tablets from competitors that come in various sizes. Its biggest rival in the tablet and smartphone markets, South Korea's Samsung, offers products with different features and sizes in what its executives say is an effort to appeal to as many customers as possible."
Samsung's approach, which amounts to "Let's throw a plate of spaghetti at the wall and see what sticks," is often considered successful based on its share of phones or tablets sold, even though none of its numerous individual models, especially in tablets, have proven as durably popular as the iPhone or iPad.