iPad Mini, 13-Inch Retina MacBook Pro Both Delayed By Production Problems [Rumor]

iPad Mini, 13-Inch Retina MacBook Pro Both Delayed By Production Problems [Rumor]

It seems right now like Apple has a lot of prospective new products on the horizon. The 7.85-inch iPad mini. The 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro. Updated iMacs. Yet despite the fact that all of these products have been highly rumored to debut this month in time of a busy holiday season, we’ve yet to see any of them. Now one report is suggesting a reason why: Apple’s having production problems on both the 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro and iPad mini.

The claim comes from DigiTimes, an extremely hit-or-miss purveyor of rumors sketchily sourced from the Far East supply chain, who says that Foxconn and Pegatron can’t get suitable yelds for the display and chassis of the iPad mini.

The sources pointed out that although the iPad Mini’s chassis adopts a similar material as the 9.7-inch model, the iPad Mini’s design and tactile feel will be different from those of the larger model.

In addition, DigiTimes claims that the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display is having similar production problems, having delayed the product’s launch a month already, with more delays possible.

DigiTimes has previously reported on the rumor of low iPad mini yield rates, but this is the first time they have claimed that the 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro is having similar issues.

In a way, it makes sense. Apple’s products have become increasingly complex to design, with the iPhone 5 being so difficult to build that Apple has actually had to knock off production rates to keep quality assurance high. As these devices become designed to ever-increasing degrees of sophistication and precision, it’s going to take a lot longer to satisfy Apple’s standards, let alone the inevitable onslaught of consumer demand.

  • Matthew Gonzales Landry

    That’s disappointing.

  • BigLama

    Disappointing indeed! This better mean we wont have quality issues like the iphone 5 did.

  • Spronck

    Wow, that mockup is incredibly gorgeous. The ‘normal’ next iPad shoud look like that with the slimmer bezel and anodyzed aluminium.

  • Shaun Green

    Seems daft to be launching new Mac products right in the middle of the peak iPod/iPhone selling season in the run up to Christmas. I wish they would go back to the annual Mac refresh event every year like they do with the iOS devices so we know roughly what is coming and when. Bring back the old MacWorld conference every January. I used to really look forward to those. Gave you something to enjoy in the post-Christmas gloom that is January.

  • caspianofnarnia

    Or you could just say that neither product actually exists!

  • technochick

    “delayed by production issues” is standard form for “we were wrong but we don’t want to look stupid so we’ll make up a rumor about an issue that we couldn’t foresee etc to explain why its not coming out like we had previously confirmed”

    Same for the yearly ‘ipad pro’ rumors, the real tv etc

  • TylerHoj

    I was actually waiting for a post like this because we passed the Oct 10th date in which it was rumoured that the press would start getting invites for the keynote. If these sources share a heart with the iPad rumours last year, it won’t be until the spring [like always] that we see a new iteration of iPad.

  • technochick
    Seems daft to be launching new Mac products right in the middle of the peak iPod/iPhone selling season in the run up to Christmas.

    Depending on which Mac products it is, it’s not daft at all. iMacs and also sometimes Mac Minis tend to be family machines and those are more often bought as Christmas etc gifts. So releasing a new one now as the holiday shopping is getting ready to kick in is perfect.

    Laptops are the student focused machine, thus why the smart move is releasing them in the spring/summer while the kiddies are getting ready for college. Similar to that is releasing the ipads at the top of the year before the schools set their buying for the next fall.

  • extra_medium

    Its going to be even more disappointing of all the rumors and leaks turn out to be hot air.

  • extra_medium

    If**

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