Hold Onto Your Hats! Apple’s Next iPad Mini To Get Retina Display [Rumor]

Hold Onto Your Hats! Apple’s Next iPad Mini To Get Retina Display [Rumor]

You new iPad mini’s display could look ancient in 12 months.

Yeah, this is one of the least surprising rumors you’ll hear all day. But it’s sure to delight those who are holding out for an iPad mini with a Retina display. According to industry sources in Taiwan, Apple will indeed be “enhancing” the display resolution of its second-generation iPad mini, introducing a 2058×1536 panel with 326 pixels-per-inch.

We’re not so sure those specifications are quite accurate; that’s the same resolution employed by the third- and fourth-generation iPads. And the rumor does come DigiTimes, which is notoriously bad with Apple rumors. But a Retina display does seem like a logical step forward for the iPad mini the second time around. What’s more, the lack of a high-resolution display is seen as one of the tablet’s few downsides right now.

But that Retina display could come at a cost. It is believed that Apple chose to leave out the Retina display for the first iPad mini in an effort to make it as thin as possible. You see, a Retina display would eat more of your battery power, and therefore the device would require a larger battery — making it thicker.

There could be a way around that, however.

Sources also claim that Apple will restructure the display lighting of the fifth-generation iPad to employ one LED light bar rather than two. The Cupertino company has been gearing up to use Sharp’s IGZO display technology for some time, according to reports, which could provide the same display quality and brightness levels we’re used to from our iPads while using less energy.

If Apple could do the same thing with the iPad mini, it may be able to introduce a Retina display without changing the battery.

I guess we’ll have to wait and see. It’s likely to device is a long way off yet, so I’m sure we’ll hear more during the weeks and months ahead.

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  • tomimo

    WOw! really???… you don’t say…

  • FriarNurgle

    Duh. Big question is will Apple upgrade the chip to be on par with the current iPad or will the iPad mini chip always be from last year’s (or the year before that) iPad?

  • soybeanstasher

    “We’re not so sure those specifications are quite accurate; that’s the same resolution employed by the third- and fourth-generation iPads.”
    Why wouldn’t it be the same resolution as the 3rd and 4th generation iPads? The display would be the same pixel density as the iPhone 4.

  • BrainGameMayhem

    “We’re not so sure those specifications are quite accurate; that’s the same resolution employed by the third- and fourth-generation iPads.”
    The same resolution is exactly why the specifications are accurate.

  • 5imo

    It better be retina or close to it or im not buying it.

  • csman

    Why didn’t they do this in the first place?

    Apple’s best strategy: to suck money out of your pockets. Or, to get you eternally in debt with your credit card company. Enjoy!

  • Diego_OC93

    It never ends lol

  • MrsCleaver

    I’m certainly a Cult of Mac fan. However, I hardly think it’s news that a Retina iPad Mini will eventually come along; it’s obvious to all. To imagine (much less report as “news”) that it would come any sooner than 9 months is unthinkable given Apple’s normal release schedule, and especially considering the current popularity of the Mini. I also don’t see the point of citing a source that you yourselves indicate is dubious, one with a poor track record. Finally, how hard would it be to proofread your articles before posting? It often looks as though there is only one set of eyes on these articles… those of the author. One additional proofreading by another person would avoid obvious mistakes such as word deletions and incorrect substitutions.

  • Mystakill

    …To imagine (much less report as “news”) that it would come any sooner than 9 months is unthinkable given Apple’s normal release schedule, and especially considering the current popularity of the Mini….

    Right. Those of us with iPad 3′s will argue against that point, seeing as our devices were “obsoleted” in just 7 months.

    Apple’s not concerned with pleasing existing customers, as they clearly feel that there is a large enough pool of new consumers, as well as diehard fans, who will buy any new product they release to market.

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