Rumors of an iPad mini with Retina display have been circulating ever since Apple released the tablet without one last October, but it might be wise to hold off on purchasing one when it comes out.
While market research firm NPD DisplaySearch has told CNET that the iPad mini is expected to gain a Retina display in a third-quarter refresh later this year, it also speculates that a second iPad mini model could follow.
“We see two refreshes coming. One in the second half of this year, then one in Q1 of 2014,” analyst Richard Shim told CNET late Sunday night. ”The Q1 device will have a Retina display plus an updated processor.”
While most iOS devices to date have been updated on an annual basis, this wouldn’t be the first time that Apple has updated one of its product lines twice in quicker fashion. The third-generation iPad was released in March 2012, only to be succeeded by the fourth-generation model with a Lightning connector the following November.
NPD DisplaySearch does have a rather solid track record at reporting on display-related rumors. In the past, the firm accurately predicted the production of both the Nexus 10 tablet and 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display, both of which were released last October. But, as with all rumors, it’s important to take them lightly until more concrete information surfaces.