The iPad mini would be perfect, if only it had a Retina display. Many have assumed that Apple will bump up the specs on the iPad mini display this year, but other than a rear shell, we haven’t seen any solid hardware leaks yet.
According to a new report though, Apple is definitely going to add a Retina display to the iPad mini this year. In fact, they’ve ordered the initial units, and mass production of the mini Retina displays has already begun in full force.
Sources close to AU Optronics have told the Chinese tech website, Mr Drivers, that mass production of the next-generation iPad mini displays is now underway. AU Optronics supplies display panels for the iPad mini along with LG.
The report claims that the new yields are producing 2048×1536 Retina displays at 324ppi. While many have guessed that adding a Retina display would raise the cost of the iPad mini, My Drivers reports that the Retina displays only cost about $200, which is fairly great compared to the $188 price tag of the current iPad mini display.
A launch date for the iPad mini 2 was not included in the report, but it could be as early as this Summer, however there have been a few unfounded rumors that claimed the iPad mini will launch alongside the iPad 5 in March.
Source: My Drivers