iPad Mini 2, iPhone 5S Release Date Rumors, Update: Fall Season Will be 'Very Busy,' Apple CEO Confirms, 'Working Hard On Some Amazing New Products'

By Alma

News of a delayed iPad Mini 2, iPhone 5S release date have been swirling rumors. However, an update on the release date of new Apple products has come directly from Apple CEO Tim Cook. While Cook did not specifically mention the iPad Mini 2 or iPhone 5S release date, he and his team clearly indicate that this fall season will be "very busy" with new Apple product releases. 

"We are laser-focused and working hard on some amazing new products that we will introduce in the fall and across 2014," Apple CEO Tim Cook said in a statement. Later, during a call with financial analysts, Cook said, "we're working on stuff we're really proud of."

CFO Peter Oppenheimer added that Apple is "on track to have a very busy fall." 

Prior rumors about the iPad Mini 2 and iPhone 5S release date suggest that perhaps only a low-cost version of the Apple products would be released in September and the higher-ended versions would be available in 2014 due to production issues.

"Judging by the production status of low-cost iPad mini model, we estimate shipments can only launch in December at the earliest," KGI Securities analyst, Ming-Chi Kuo stated, according to Mac Rumors. "For the sake of gross profit, the model may not be much cheaper than current iPad mini, which means less appeal to consumers. As such, we think Apple is unlikely to launch the product this year." 

An article from University Herald suggested that the iPad Mini 2 with retina display release date is set for 2014, as production on the device will continue throughout 2013. The report continued to explain that the 7.9-inch iPad Mini 2 with retina display takes up too much power in its current state and will require a redesign on its parts for power efficiency.

iPhone 5S is also experiencing some delays in production. Regarding the fingerprint feature, Apple is excited to have patent rights on their added security sensor. However, it has been problematic and causing delays in production assembly. 

"Apple has to work out how to prevent interference from the black and white coating material under the cover glass," Kuo said. "Apple is the first to attempt this function and technology, and time is needed to find the right coating material, which will likely affect iPhone 5S shipments."

The iPhone 5S is expected to be available in a variety of colors. Apple's current smart phones are only available in black or white. iPhone 5S will also have a new processor, iOS7, an improved camera, and several more updates.