Apple has made an order for the iPad Retina Mini 2 that is only a third the size of its shipments from this time last year and could mean supplies are tight, an analyst suggests.
Apple could face supply issues for the iPad Mini 2 with Retina, as its supply is one third the size of its shipments from this time last year, an analyst said.
Rhoda Alexander, director of tablet research at IHS electronis and media, said: "The supply of the Retina Mini is going to be ridiculously tight in the fourth quarter.
"Apple’s 2013 iPad shipment growth is shaping up to be comparatively modest and the shift in launch cycles has played a major role in the slowdown."
The iPad Mini 2, or Retina Mini, was launched on 22 October in San Francisco along with the iPad Air, but Apple has not confirmed its release day.
The website says it will be "coming later in November", causing Ms Alexander to speculate that this is because of supply issues.
She has suggested Apple will launch the Retina Mini in February or March of 2014 "when supply will be more assured".
She said: "In addition to potentially providing an extra boost to iPad shipments in 2014, it would also allow Apple to own the product news cycle for much of the year, which provides a lot of free advertising for the Apple brand.
"The down side is that it would have positioned them with a year-old product for the critical holiday quarter and the January 30th Chinese New Year.
"It’s a delicate balancing act, especially with smartphone rival, Samsung, hoping to displace Apple as king of the tablets."
The new iPad Mini has a retina display designed to give it a clearer, sharper picture and the same 64-bit chip that powers the iPad Air.
It will cost from £319 in the UK.