Apple is rumoured to have cut its iPad mini shipments to 10 - 12 million units in quarter two, indicating that a second-generation of the 7in tablet could be on its way.

A report from Digitimes on Wednesday cites industry sources who claim to have received shipment information highlighting the cuts from multiple Apple component suppliers.

The sources say that Apple may cut its iPad mini shipments by up to 20 per cent in April, and this could continue to decrease gradually throughout the rest of quarter two to bring total shipments of the iPad mini down to as low as 10 million for the three month period ending in June.

According to the sources, Apple is preparing to launch its iPad mini 2 in the third quarter, and therefore adjusting its reserves of the first-generation model. The cuts are also due to increased competition from 7in Android rivals, the sources suggested.

 

In February, NPD DisplaySearch revealed that it believes Apple is planning to ship 55 million iPad minis and 33 million iPads, a significant difference to the plans Apple had in December, when the company expected to ship 40 million iPad minis and 60 million full-size iPads in 2013.

The general consensus is that Apple's iPad mini 2 is likely to have a Retina display, as well as a processor boost.

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