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.