Mobileaks says the above render comes from a tipster who has seen the iPad mini 2 with Retina display. We’re not so convinced.
According to a “source” speaking to Mobileaks, these will be the specifications of the iPad mini 2:
7.9 inch Retina display
2048 x 1536 pixels
Apple A6X processor
8.0 megapixel camera
2.0 megapixel front camera
16, 32, 64 GB internal memory
7.5 mm thickness
At first blush, all of this looks about right. The 324 ppi looks a little bit off — by all accounts, the Retina iPad mini should have the same PPI as the iPhone at around 326ppi — but this is just a rounding difference because of different screen sizes: in reality, these screens are identical when it comes to pixel density.
For us, the hard thing to buy is Mobileaks’ claim that the bezel for the iPad mini 2 will shrink again around the edges. Not only does it look fairly strange, but we just don’t see Apple changing the form factor of the iPad mini again when they’ve already gotten it right.
Finally, there’s the matter of release: Mobileaks says in the third quarter of the year. We’d love that to be true, but right now, it’s not looking likely for an iPad mini with Retina Display to land before 2014.