Is Apple prepping an iPad Mini 2?

Posted by Trent Nouveau

Although Apple has yet to complete its global rollout of its original iPad Mini, Cupertino is apparently prepping an iPad Mini 2.

Indeed, according to RBC Capital Markets analyst Doug Freedman, chipmakers are currently making preparations for the second-generation Mini tablet.

"iPad Mini Gen-2: Apple's gen-2 iPad Mini is getting pulled-in, and is likely to have several new suppliers, with TXN (Texas Instruments) gaining content," Freedman wrote.

According to CNET's Brooke Crothers, the term "pulled-in" implies that Apple may be ramping up its production schedule for the device.

However, he was quick to note that there is little industry news about an iPad Mini successor, save for a recent report about how Cupertino is planning to upgrade the display to Retina status for future Minis.

In related Apple news, a recently published survey seems to indicate that Cupertino's strategy of launching an iPad Mini alongside its regular sized tablet lineup is paying off.

As Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty points out, although iPad Mini sales are clearly cannibalizing some full-size iPad shipments, concerns over this trend are mostly "overblown."

Indeed, the survey determined that Cupertino's iPad Mini has accounted for 34 percent of planned iPad purchases, making the 7.9-inch tablet a "key demand driver" for the platform.