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The Truth About Apple’s Retina iPad mini “Delays”

The Truth About Apple’s Retina iPad mini “Delays”

Apparently Apple’s as yet unannounced Retina version of the iPad mini has been “delayed”. It will also apparently be delayed until next year (or not), and has been crippled by Chinese production issues.  All of these things are undoubtedly all correct. Because you read them on the internet, and the internet is always right.

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I suppose I must link to something, so here’s a summary from GigaOM, citing the original report from Reuters:

The long-buzzed about iPad Mini with retina display didn’t make an appearance at the latest Apple event in September, and it’s likely that the world won’t see it until the new year. Reuters reports that delays on display manufacturing in China have crippled production, making it near impossible to do a full roll-out for the holiday season. If the iPad Mini retina does appear, expect limited quantities, long lines, and a bit of heartbreak.

First off, the Retina iPad mini has NOT been “delayed.” Why? Because it’s not possible. A product that has not been announced CANNOT BE DELAYED. That would require a release day to have been established. Second, this claim flies directly at odds with claims from notable analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who claims that such a device WILL launch this year.

It’s impossible to say which analyst is correct. Kuo has a better track record – but it’s more likely that NEITHER analyst really knows the truth. It’s no coincidence that this Reuters report happened to pop up just weeks before the rumored October release date for the next iPad mini. This happens a few weeks before pretty much EVERY new Apple product launch EVER. And most of the time it turns out to be bullshit.

So, to all the sites writing this post, which has NO basis in evidence and is almost certainly bullshit, I say: FUCK OFF. Yup. There it is, on the public web. F-Star-Star-Star. And I’m not editing it out. Because it belongs there. To anyone publishing reports like this: LEAVE US ALONE. Let us all rest in peace.

That’s all we’re going to say about the release date for the Retina iPad mini: Nobody knows. And if it does happen this month, Apple will likely announce it soon. Until then, we’ll wait until some actual evidence and newsworthy information surfaces, in an effort to spare you from any more bullshit that you have probably already been subjected to.

Oh, and the iPhone 7 is probably also delayed. You’ll be hearing about that in September or October of 2015. Just so you know.

This is the sort of BULLSHIT that takes its toll on the entire tech media industry – and it’s been pissing me off for long enough that I can remain silent no more.

Have a lovely day!

  1. Kevin says:

    I understand that this blog is your opinion… But wow, can you be any more ignorant? I’m an Apple fan just as much as anyone else, but can you really say that you are qualified to make such statements? Hell, you graduated from Webster State; do you even know how to write an app or even know how hardware really works? I hope that Apple releases a Retina iPad mini as well, but please be a little more educated. Get your head out Apple’s asshole and come to realization that Apple isn’t all that you think it is. Like I said, I enjoy Apple’s products just as much as anyone else, but some people take it way too seriously. Kunzler, don’t delete this. I would love to hear a rebuttal.

    1. Hello Kevin,

      This article is not about my thoughts, feelings, or knowledge regarding Apple or technology in general. It’s about analysts, and whether or not to trust them, particularly when their reports conflict. When it comes to Apple, almost all of the analysts are wrong more often than they’re right.
      Frankly, I don’t see how you derived anything about my head being “up Apple’s asshole” (very mature and educated terminology, by the way) from a statement regarding the state of the tech news industry, and it’s tendency to paint analyst reports as indubitable fact.
      Amidst your misguided failure to grasp the point of the article, you suggest that I’m the one who is ignorant, lacks technology know-how, and is devoid of perspective?

      Further, for the record, it’s Weber State University. Not “Webster State.” I also never said I didn’t think a Retina iPad mini would be released, or make any statement about when such a device might or might not be released, nor how likely such a device would or wouldn’t be to launch in the near future.
      Finally, your unjustified insinuation that I would delete your comment is nothing short of ignorant and offensive.

      1. Greg says:

        I will have to come to your defense and say that everything you wrote was educated and well thought out. Nothing you said was or could be wrong. Thank you for this post. The guy above is a jackass…. Just like the analyst that write made up bullshit to get more attention/revenue generating clicks. All you said is “you/we don’t know, so stop talking about it”. But technically it can be called ignorant if you take it in the context of “lack of knowledge”, cause you yourself admitted no one but apple has the knowledge. I don’t know if I have ever read your blogs (I generally don’t read authors name, or comment for that matter). After reading this, I will be following you. Don’t let the dumbasses get to you. They are plenty on the internet.

        1. Thank you very much, sir. It’s comments like this that make my job worth doing. 🙂

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  3. Monty Wuggy says:

    Very unprofessional for an article to consist of profanity.
    Oh and of course something can be delayed without being launched.
    Apple may have expected to launch the Retina mini earlier and due to supply constraints have no option but to delay it.
    However, you’re right about the analysts.
    Most of its baloney, I tend to only trust Gruber and the Loop these days.
    Their veracity is usually spot on.

    1. Words are words.

      And…it’s not a delay unless it’s been announced. Anything outside of that is simple Apple continuing to decide on a launch timeframe.

      Thanks for your comments – I really appreciate it.

      1. Monty Wuggy says:

        It’s not considered journalistically acceptable to include expletives in articles. This is journalism 101.
        Again, I have to disagree. Apple may have initially planned to launch the Retina mini this month, and yes it could have been delayed due to constraints.
        Delayed doesn’t just relate to products launched.

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