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July 14, 2013 3:03 PM
Microsoft cut the prices on its Surface RT tablets by as much as 30 percent as the company tries to boost lackluster sales of the in-house tablets. A new report claims that Apple won't release its second-generation iPad mini with a Retina display until next year. According to Taiwan-based news site Economic Daily News, shortages with Retina display panels have forced Apple to delay the next iPad mini's launch. Apple was originally planning to release its second-generation iPad mini in the fourth quarter this year according to the site, but the smaller tablet is now reportedly on track for an early 2014 debut. Economic Daily News also suggests that Apple may release a non-Retina iPad mini alongside the high-resolution tablet at a lower price point. Microsoft can use all the help it can get right now. Nearly three years following its launch, Windows Phone's share of the global smartphone market now sits at just 3.2%, according to market research firm IDC. Nokia's new $650 Lumia 1020 is an impressive camera phone, but the odds of it helping Microsoft's cause likely aren't good ? at least not until the price comes down. What may help, however, is getting more vendors on board with Windows Phone 8, and LG is currently working on its first Windows Phone 8 smartphone, according to a recent report.