A report from DigiTimes today suggests that Apple is cutting down production for its popular 7.9″ iPad mini in the second quarter of 2013. The site’s supply chain sources claim that iPad mini shipments and productions rates will be unexpectedly low during next quarter as the company’s production partners begin to make room for the 2nd generation iPad mini.
The decrease may be as high as 20% on month during April, the sources noted, and may continue to slightly decrease throughout the quarter to bring total shipments of the iPad mini to as low as 10 million units during the quarter.
If true, it could mean that iPad mini 2 production will start around the same time, preparing for a late summer/early fall release. In total, it’s predicted that Cupertino will sell an incredible 55 million iPad minis this year, alongside 30 million 9.7″ models. Whether any of this results in anything tangible is yet to be seen. But, Apple reducing shipment orders of a product in the period before summer isn’t massive news, unless signs of beginning a new gadget are clearly visible.