For the patient group of users that have been anxiously awaiting the release of the iPad mini with Retina display, which seems inevitable based on Apple’s refresh cycle for iOS devices in the past, you’ll be pleased to hear that Apple has reportedly cut back on iPad mini orders as the launch of the second-generation model with a Retina display gets closer.
Unfortunately, this news comes from hit-and-miss Taiwanese supply chain source DigiTimes:
Apple has reportedly cut its shipments of the iPad mini to between 10-12 million units for the second quarter of 2013, according to industry sources. [...] Apple’s cut comes as it is adjusting its reserves for the next-generation iPad mini, which is likely to be released in the third quarter, added the sources.
While it has been unreliable on a number of occasions in the past, this report from DigiTimes does line up with previous rumors about a Fall launch of an iPad mini with Retina display. It’ll be interesting to see what Apple has to release before that time, as there hasn’t been an official media event since the original iPad mini unveiling in late October.