Apple’s Suppliers Are Already Working On The Retina Display For iPad Mini 2 [Rumor]

Apple’s Suppliers Are Already Working On The Retina Display For iPad Mini 2 [Rumor]

Apple won’t make us wait too long for a Retina iPad mini 2.

The iPad mini is an incredible tablet, and I haven’t been able to put mine down since it was delivered last Friday. I love how thin and light it is, and that it will run all of my existing iPad apps right out of the box. There’s no ignoring the fact that it doesn’t have a Retina display, however.

The iPad mini’s low-resolution display sticks out like a sore thumb the second it lights up. It’s not awful — it’s still better than the iPad 2’s display, and after a few days you stop worrying about it. But it’s noticeably worse than the Retina iPad’s display.

If this has been stopping you from picking up the iPad mini, then you might want to hold onto your cash until its successor arrives next year. According to sources in Apple’s supply chain, the Cupertino company is already working on its 2048 x 1536 Retina display.

DoNews reports that AU Optronics, which currently supplies 7.9-inch display panels for the first-generation iPad mini, is already working on the second-generation’s high-resolution screen.

It will reportedly boast a linear resolution double that of the current version, and the same as that featured in the third- and fourth-generation iPads. That will give the iPad mini 2 a whopping 497 pixels-per-inch, according to the report (though we make it 326 ppi). It also means that apps already optimized for existing iPad Retina displays will work on the iPad mini’s Retina display without any further changes.

AUO is also expected to utilize Sharp’s IGZO technology for the iPad mini 2, which will allow the display to become even thinner and more power efficient without sacrificing color or brightness.

The iPad mini 2 expected to enter mass production during the second-half of 2012 for a fall 2013 launch, DoNews reports.

Big thanks to Chris for helping me work out the iPad mini 2’s purported ppi. I’m terrible at math.

  • sadirbabe

    Then who would buy the 9.7 inch tablet?

  • Gadget

    Sold. If they kept the same price as they have now then the only problem will be keeping up with demand. Apple would destroy all other tablets with a Retina iPad Mini starting at $329. My guess is the price will go up to starting at $349. I would still buy it without hesitation.

  • _shakarr

    “497 pixels-per-inch” don’t you mean 326 pixels-per-inch. 497 is almost twice as much as the current retina iPad?

  • hojx

    It doesn’t makes sense for Apple to have such a move. Who would buy the 9.7″ one then? Also the 7.9″ mini may end up being pricier to manufacture than the 9.7″-er.

  • Whodakat

    Then who would buy the 9.7 inch tablet?

    This. I know Apple is ok with cannibalization but this might be a bit too much for even them. A $329 version of the new iPad with a better screen? If it sells well with a lower res screen, I’m not sure they are going to change it. At least not in the next few generations.

  • GEOKLV

    Honestly now, who would, ever, seriously gripe for the fact that the iPad mini lacks Retina? I mean unless someone is a “cyborg”, I find it hard to believe that this would be a matter of criticism even at the slightest. You know what: obviously, the consumers’ community has adopted a very peculiar attitude of depreciation against commodities for matters that are essentially unimportant. We consumers have grown to be over demanding for no reason. Just personal thoughts about the social decadence…

  • Shaun Green

    Then who would buy the 9.7 inch tablet?

    I’m sure Apple will find ways to continue to differentiate the two products. Maybe the iPad 5 will get a slightly larger screen come next March? You also have the issue of the processors. I think they will basically follow the same path as the iPhone/iPod – the iPhone gets the best processor and better screen first, the iPod gets the previous generation processor and better screen a year later, etc, etc. It’s the same as what they do with the MBA and MBP. Apple are good at differentiating their products so the differences are noticeable. You’d buy the iPad mini mainly for the smaller form factor and/or the cheaper price.

  • ActionableMango

    “The iPad mini 2 expected to enter mass production during the second-half of 2012 for a fall 2013 launch, DoNews reports.”

    The second half of 2012, eh? Do you guys even know what year this is?

  • csman

    And yet, the fans who totally bought in for the first ipad mini will also buy the ipad mini-retina.

    Why didn’t they make this in first place? Oh, right, buying Apple products is like buying a new purse or a new pair of expensive jeans every 6 months.

  • RadTech5000

    As I’ve said all along! Glad I waited! :)

  • Stuka_UK

    Retina has spoilt some people’s perception of screens. The iPad 2 and the iPad mini both have perfectly good screens….. And yes I do own a iPad 3 as well, which is very nice but sometimes not a major benefit.

  • jahsoul

    Honestly now, who would, ever, seriously gripe for the fact that the iPad mini lacks Retina? I mean unless someone is a “cyborg”, I find it hard to believe that this would be a matter of criticism even at the slightest. You know what: obviously, the consumers’ community has adopted a very peculiar attitude of depreciation against commodities for matters that are essentially unimportant. We consumers have grown to be over demanding for no reason. Just personal thoughts about the social decadence…

    Bought an iPad Mini?

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