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Apple Unlikely to Delay iPad Mini

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Apple (AAPL - Get Report) is "reportedly" (and I use that word loosely) delaying its iPad mini tablet with Retina Display until next year. That seems highly unlikely to me for a variety of reasons.

Digitimes reports, via unnamed sources, that the next version of Apple's popular tablet will launch sometime early next year, with production to start in the fourth-quarter of this year. If it is indeed true that Apple is delaying the tablet until next year, Apple most likely won't be selling two versions of the iPad mini, as the report claims.

Digitimes claims that Apple will launch a second-gen version of the iPad mini sometime this year that is "lighter, thinner and equipped with improved specifications." But Apple has never launched multiple versions of the same product. The different versions of the iPod all had different utilities, whereas multiple versions of the iPad mini serve no different purpose. It's simply one having a better screen, and one having a lower resolution. That's it.

Digitimes rumors have historically been very spotty in the past, so take anything the publication says with a HUGE grain of salt.

I can't see Apple, led by CEO Tim Cook, delaying one of, if not its most popular product because it can't get the supplies for a higher screen resolution. Cook was hired by former CEO Steve Jobs as an operations expert, and has been able to deliver Apple products on time, and incredible quickly to Apple consumers. Sorry, but I just don't put much "stock" into this rumor.

-- Written by Chris Ciaccia in New York

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