We are looking at a possible delay with the new iPad Mini due to a shortage of retina display parts. Reuters is reporting that sources in the Apple supply chain are unsure why there is a delay but it is possible that it is because of strict power specs.
Given the success of the iPad line, it is unlikely that the absence of a retina display on the iPad Mini would have an immediate effect on its success but with the field of similar sized tablets all sporting higher resolution screens then it will only be a matter of time before Apple really needs to have a similar offering. Soon every screen Apple sells will be retina.
It is usually only the real nerds that complain about screen resolution though (I admit I fit in that group) and none of my friends who own Minis have ever complained about the lack of a retina display. That being said I would never, ever switch back to a non-retina iPad. The screen looks amazing!
Perhaps the biggest issue though is price and if someone were new to the market and simply compared prices and specs, then the iPad Mini is certainly a harder sell. It is more expensive and the features are seemingly less impressive. However, for consumers already in the Apple ecosystem with an iPhone or Mac computer then the Mini is still going to make a lot of sense.
With the rumored iPad announcement coming this month, we should have all of questions answered pretty soon. My next iPad is probably going to be an iPad Mini but I am going to wait until the retina display is included.