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In a report by Business Insider, Apple is reportedly moving up production of its sequel to the iPad Mini, according to RBC Capital Markets analyst Doug Freedman. Freedman is reporting that Apple is sourcing parts from various manufacturers said to be for an early 2013 release of the iPad Mini 2, and bases his comments on conversations he had with suppliers while visiting China.

Freedman is not the only one speculating on the release of a second iPad Mini, Piper Jaffray’s Gene Munster and Digitimes are also both reporting similar observations. It’s worth noting that Digitimes does not have the best track record in regards to Apple rumors, and if these rumors are originally sourced from Digitimes, then it may be a safe bet to take them with a grain of salt.

The new iPad Mini 2 is speculated to have the same 2048 by 1536 Retina display as the iPad 4, which would give it an astounding 324ppi. One knock against the current rendition of the iPad Mini is the speed, and with a Retina display, the processor would most certainly require an upgrade to handle the improved display.

An early 2013 introduction of a replacement for the iPad would certainly break Apple’s annual product cycle, but with Samsung seemingly releasing new products on a monthly basis, it may be Apple’s attempt to keep up with the Jones’.

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