Though the iPad mini hasn't been a disappointment for Apple, many of the Cupertino company's devoted followers are holding out for the hope of an improved second-generation version of the diminutive tablet. Rumors about the next iPad mini including a Retina screen have been flowing ever since the launch of the original, sometimes with contradictory information. However, a new report from the Wall Street Journal indicates the wait for an iPad mini with Retina may soon be over.
Only a week after reports began to show up claiming Apple has cut part orders on the iPhone 5, sources are now claiming Sharp has reduced production of iPad panels. While it's not immediately clear if the decrease in manufacturing is related to the popularity of the iPad mini or an impending new device, one has to wonder exactly what's going on within Apple's supply chain.
The clock is ticking. According to about every known source in the tech-o-sphere, Apple is planning to debut its next-generation iPhone on September 12. Moreover, rumors persist of a September 21 street date; that's only a few weeks away. Needless to say, now would not be a good time for a delay in the manufacturing chain.
It seems we'll never again have any surprises from an iPhone release, thanks to incessant rumors about nearly every little detail finding its way to our eyes and ears months ahead of time. And now it's going to have a thinner screen, too.
Some days, it’s fun just to sit back and watch the back and forth as rumors flare to life, only to be snuffed out by the company in question. But sometimes, even that isn’t enough to put out the fire, which is the case with The Daily’s report this morning on an iPad version of Microsoft Office, which Redmond kinda, sorta denies the existence of -- but our readers are probably smart enough to see through that. Catch up on all the details (and plenty more) with our recap for Tuesday, February 21, 2012.