According to research firm RBC Capital Markets, Chipmakers have already started preparing for production of the rumored 2nd generation iPad mini.
The exact quote, according to the firm’s Doug Freedman:
iPad Mini Gen-2: Apple’s gen-2 iPad mini is getting pulled-in, and is likely to have several new suppliers, with TXN gaining content.
Freedman has been in China visiting chip companies, and it seems that his use of “pulled-in” means that the release of the next iPad mini will be coming sooner than Apple’s typical one-year refresh cycle. Of course, the device’s release is most likely not before at least March of 2013, due to the fact that the first generation iPad mini is still in short supply.
What “several new suppliers” the deivce will have is unknown, but Cnet says that TXN represents Texas Instruments, a hardware company that has supplied various obscure components for Apple’s products in the past. The Texas company will seemingly be playing a bigger part in the make up of the next iPad mini.
Those of you that recently purchased an iPad mini: How do you feel about this rumor?