Apple to cut shipments of the Apple iPad mini by 20% in advance of a new model?

Apple to cut shipments of the Apple iPad mini by 20% in advance of a new model?
According to a report by anonymous members of the industry supply chain who supply components to Apple, the Cupertino based firm could cut shipments of the Apple iPad mini by 10-12 million units in the second quarter. The drop in shipments of the 7.9 inch slate could be as high as 20% on a sequential basis in April as the tech giant wants to conserve parts for the production of the sequel model of the Apple iPad mini.

While the next version of Apple's 7.9 inch tablet is expected to be launched in the third quarter, some of the sources believe that the reason for the shipping cut has nothing to do with a sequel to the iPad mini and instead has to do with increased competition in the low priced 7 inch sector by various Android tablets.

According to the sources, the Cupertino based tech titan has adjusted its 2013 shipping schedule to 33 million iPads and 55 million iPad mini units. One of the most expected changes on a new Apple iPad mini would be a replacement of the rather low resolution screen with a panel offering a Retina display.

source: DigiTimes

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26 Comments

1. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

YAWN....... -Design remains the same -No 'INNOVATION" -Ugly iOS (Sorry Apple fans.)

9. funnyguy

Posts: 244; Member since: Jan 10, 2013

You are right man, I am sick of apple, every year the same thing... Samsung products on the other hand are all about innovation, just take a look at the galaxy s4.It might look exactly like the s3, the display quality might be almost identical and the processor pretty much the same but all the rest are full innovation and originality... The same would apply for the note1 and note2 and of course the tab1 and tab2.

11. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Yes, I totally agree with you. Don't forget Sony, HTC, LG etc. have full innovation on their phones too. Even a chinese phone Huawei have more innovation than Apple.

16. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I just hope Samsung has a big funny ad waiting to be aired when apple launch their new ipad mini.

24. darkkjedii

Posts: 31072; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

U and me both. Those ads are classics.

18. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

How so sad and pathetic buying the same phone over and over again with the same boooooooooring iOs from 2008!!!!!! At least make it like Android JellyBean!

20. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Its impossible for Apple of making iOS look like Jelly Bean, but I agree with you! :)

2. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Excuses...excuses ! Why would they need to 'cut' 10-12 million units if they already knew a they were going to introduce a new product ? I mean obviously they knew they were going to introduce new iPad around this time. So they should have forcasted accordingly ! If they slashing those numbers that means their sales are not as forecasted not because of the new iPad

3. CivicSi89

Posts: 349; Member since: Jul 23, 2011

Dude..... the iPad Mini isnt even that old..... Apple. you remind me of a copy machine. stuck on repeat.

4. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

The iPad mini is basically an iPad2 with a smaller footprint. Apple has reached saturation point for the buyers who blindly buy whatever they sell. To get the more demanding market, means time to bump up the specs to compete with what is available for less from the Android universe. Only question is when, not whether.

5. TechBizJP08

Posts: 495; Member since: Mar 25, 2013

they should look for better stuff to bring not only hardware upgrade. nowadays apple is becoming a boring tech. no more innovations. -bring something in my plate please. hehe

6. darkkjedii

Posts: 31072; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Get ready for another winner.

10. rabih_z

Posts: 45; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

who do u think it will be?

15. darkkjedii

Posts: 31072; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I'm not basing it on who sells the most, but all prior iPads have been big time winners as far as sales, customer satisfaction rate, and market share. The only other tablet that even matter are kindles, N1's, and Sammy's.

17. darkkjedii

Posts: 31072; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Oops N7

19. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

The SONY Z TABLET IS THE KING IN DESIGN WITH PURE RECTANGLE WITH NO UGLY CURVES WITH FLAT REAR BACK! If the iPad 4 had features taken from Android JB sales would've progress even more!

22. darkkjedii

Posts: 31072; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Troll I didn't understand the last part about the iPad 4 bro

7. jsdechavez

Posts: 799; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

That should take take care of the stocks.. lower please!

8. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

"According to the sources, the Cupertino based tech titan has adjusted its 2013 shipping schedule to 33 million iPads and 55 million iPad mini units." Shipping more minis than full size iPads? I guess people do want smaller tablets...

13. Aeires unregistered

Or buy more of what they can afford. Despite everything Apple keeps repeating, the Mini is cannibalizing sales of the full sized iPad. It's probably a little of both, 7" range of tablets desirable to carry around.

12. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

Reduce margins else demand will reduce :)

14. Aeires unregistered

I find this all comical after reading months and months of "DOA" iFan comments written about Android 7" tablets when Samsung released the OG Tab. Couple of years later and 7" range of tablets dominate the landscape, enough to make even Apple produce a tablet in that size range. And now they are finally seeing how much competition there is and how difficult it'll be if they keep over pricing the competition.

21. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Wendygarret is limited PA have sent her to a weeks vacation

23. darkkjedii

Posts: 31072; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Wow really? Has she ever been limited?

25. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2206; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

You have to admit that they will be first to achieve full HD on a 7" tablet. At $429 this tablet will sell like wildfire. For those that think that iOS isn't different, let's wait to make that assessment with iOS7.

26. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

How can u say new? Put this "same model" there's nothing new bout the ipad so im going too sleep now. "Zzzzzzz".

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