Originally Posted by Dopedangel
I don't think jobs would have been willing to come out with a mini tablet that had an inferior screen compared to its competitors but now apple is run by a supply guy who goes better screen are not possible this year release it we will introduce better screens next year
One can argue that the big mistake was in the timing; if the mini had shipped in march, beside the iPad2 instead of the iPad3, it wouldn't have faced the same blowback.
And if they had waited for the A6 to be ready instead of using the A5x, they wouldn't be replacing the iPad3 with the iPad4 after six months with the attendant grumbling.
Both moves do smack of "we need to introduce something and this is what we can build" instead of "the product is done right so we can introduce it now".
The problem Apple faces there is that taking time to "get it right" only works if you have the time. If the competition is getting too close, they have to respond with what they have available. And they find themselves explaining themselves a day after the "big" intro.