The new second generation Retina Display iPad mini will apparently be in very short supply at launch, according to a new analyst report. The new device will be ‘severely constrained’ according to iSuppli analyst Rhoda Alexander (via CNET). Consumers will apparently not be able to see significant improvements in availability of the device until the first quarter of 2014, indicating that demand over the holiday period is going to play a significant role.
There is no reason given for the shortages in supplies, but the new Retina Display has been touted as a possible factor in the limited supplies. The availability of the new device has not yet been advertised, indeed Apple is advertising availability only at some point in November, with the company likely holding off a launch in order to build up a more significant supply of the new device.