We’re receiving more cryptic hints about both a second generation iPad mini and a sooner-than-expected launch of the Galaxy S4. Don’t get your hopes up yet folks, these comments are only referring to chip making insights and not items actually in production.We’re receiving more cryptic hints about both about a second generation iPad mini and a sooner-than-expected launch of the Galaxy S4. Don’t get your hopes up yet folks, these comments are only referring to chip making insights and not items actually in production.
All these juicy rumors come via CNET who reports on analyst Doug Freeman’s current chip plant tour in China. First the second generation iPad mini rumors:
RBC Capital Markets analyst Doug Freedman — who is in China visiting chip companies this week — offered this ambiguous Apple note: “iPad Mini Gen-2: Apple’s gen-2 iPad mini is getting pulled-in, and is likely to have several new suppliers, with TXN gaining content.”
“Pulled in” would seem to imply that Apple is moving up introduction of the next iPad Mini. That would be helpful if we knew when the gen 2 Mini was actually slated to ship in the first place. As the current iPad Mini is still in short supply, we may be getting a little ahead of ourselves.
TXN refers to Texas Instruments, which has supplied components to iPads in the past, including relatively obscure silicon like touchscreen line drivers.
As Brooke Crothers of CNET points out, we might be getting a tad ahead of ourselves here. Maybe Apple is testing a whole new A-series chip design to power a second generation mini. Maybe it will be closer to this fall before we see anything. Maybe, maybe, maybe.
On to Samsung, who already denied that the G4 is coming for CES, but the unbreakable OLED screens are coming and maybe this year:
“Samsung handset road-map: Samsung display will be ready to ship unbreakable plastic substrate screen by 2q end, with bendable in 2h13,” he wrote, referring to the second quarter and second half of 2013, respectively.
While you can’t just dismiss these analyst notes, the guy is touring the actual chip plants, we really have to couch all of these insights as just rumors. Maybe even just pure guesses.
Sometimes I think we should create a random Apple rumor generator app, just to see what pops up.
Antique coffee mill by McKay Savage from Flickr