Update: CNET has since released another report which contradicts the points made in this article.
According to a report from CNET, in which an analyst from NPD DisplaySearch was asked about the likelihood of a Retina iPad mini in the near future, there will not be a Retina version of Apple’s smaller tablet until 2014.
“We see two refreshes coming. One in the second half of this year, then one in Q1 [first quarter] of 2014,” analyst Richard Shim told CNET late Sunday night.
The refresh said to occur this year may come at Apple’s WWDC conference, or later in the year, when iPhone releases are traditionally held. This device will likely have an upgraded camera, processor and some other spec bumps typical of a product refresh, but no overwhelming new features, like a Retina Display or a revised form factor.
This larger update will come in the first quarter of 2014, which will bring a processor boost and a Retina Display.
No reason is given as to why there will not be a Retina iPad mini this year, but it could be attributed to a number of reasons, such as manufacturing troubles and the like, or maybe it simply doesn’t fit in with Apple’s vision of the mini’s evolution to release one with a Retina Display so early on.
Regardless, more will definitely be revealed as WWDC approaches, with rumours heating up over the past month or so for many upcoming Apple devices.