A new report is today suggesting that supply chain sources for Apple have indicated that the iPad mini 2 could be in extremely short supply if Apple chose to launch the device this month, with full availability not expected until 2014. The report comes from Reuters who say that the assembly of the iPad mini 2, with a Retina Display, has now only just begun, meaning that the device would only be available in extremely limited quantities if it were to launch this month.
The report also suggests that Apple could even miss the holiday season and not launch the device until next year. While the source of the information is reported to be the Apple supply chain, Apple CEO Tim Cook has warned investors and press not to pay too much attention to supply chain rumors in the past.
The new iPad mini 2, along with being equipped with a high resolution Retina Display, has also been rumored to be equipped with the new Touch ID fingerprint sensor that was launched with the iPhone 5S. While it has been suggested that the device could launch in the middle of October, there has been no word on whether Apple will be holding an event this month.