Retina iPad Mini Will Debut Tuesday At $329, But Be Extremely Constrained [Analyst]

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Will the new iPad mini have a Retina Display or won’t it? That’s the question everyone wants to know ahead of Apple’s Tuesday iPad event. According to everyone’s favorite goofball analyst, Peter Misek, the answer is yes… but it may hard to get one.

As reported by Barron’s, Misek’s note read:

We expect a Retina Display iPad mini to be introduced at $329. Yields for Retina film based display for mini remain terrible, which is why there was speculation (i.e., Reuters) that the launch could be pushed out to CQ1. We think initial launch supplies could be constrained to as few units as 2-5M.

One thing to keep in mind here is that Peter Misek is a notoriously bad predictor of Apple. If you don’t believe me, just check our round-up of his horrible predictions. Basically, Misek’s a lovable but hilariously credulous goof who believes the last thing he was told, so don’t put a lot of stock in this prediction.

No one cares, but since you’re listening, here’s my prediction on the iPad mini: a Retina Display iPad mini will be announced, but it’s not going to replace the low-res iPad mini. Instead, it’s going to be another tier. The iPad mini will start at $329 for budget users, the iPad mini with Retina Display will debut at $399 or so, and the 10-inch iPad 5 will be for professional users starting at $499. We’ll see!

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