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Apple iPad Mini 2 with Retina Display rumoured for 2013


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The iPad mini, about to sharpen up its display in 2013?

Although the Apple iPad mini has only just gone on sale, there is already talk of a second generation version of this compact 7.9-inch tablet.

The iPad mini has been generally well received by reviewers but one of the main criticisms is that the screen’s resolution compares poorly with the one used in the third and fourth generation full-sized iPads, which Apple calls a Retina Display.

Apple may be resolving that with its next iPad mini. According to Mashable, DoNews – a Chinese tech website “with a pretty good track record of reputability” – says Apple suppliers already have Retina displays in development for the iPad mini 2.

It's claimed that sources in Apple’s supply chain say that AU Optronics, a company that supplies display panels for the iPad mini, “is already working on a new 2048 x 1536 Retina display for the iPad mini 2.”

That resolution is double the number of pixels in the current model’s 1024 x 768 screen and would equal that of the 9.7in iPad 3 and iPad 4. It would, however, boast an even higher pixel density, because the pixels are crammed into a slightly smaller screen size. It would also mean that any app optimised for the larger Retina Display iPads will work without much, if any, alteration by software developers.

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The sources add that “Apple will be using Sharp’s IGZO technology in the second-generation iPad mini, which will allow the tablet’s display to be thinner and more power efficient while still maintaining excellent colour and brightness.”

However, the iPad mini 2 may not be going into production until the end of 2012, with a launch later in 2013, perhaps not until the autumn – a year after the first model. At least it makes the controversial ultra-fast replacement of the iPad 3 with the iPad 4 seem like a more isolated case.

Would you be more likely to wait for a second generation iPad mini if it had a higher resolution display? Tell us on the Trusted Reviews Twitter and Facebook feeds or via the comments boxes below.

Via Mashable

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Mike Price

November 9, 2012, 6:00 pm

One of the 'benefits' of the iPad Mini (as I understand it) is that it has the same screen as the iPad 2, although it looks a bit better as it is slightly smaller. However, by having the same screen resolution, the major benefit is that all the iPad 2 apps will work / look 'correct' on the iPad mini. The same cannot be said if you suddenly go up to a retina display, where the majority of the apps will have to be 'stretched' / adjusted to fit the screen. So the better screen will only be noticeable on a select number of apps. Which tends to make it a bit pointless.

If the screen is the major factor for you, go for an iPad 4 at full size, so you can enjoy / experience the look of the tablet. If portability is a major factor, then the iPad Mini will probably work better at the current resolution. I have an iPad 2 and I have to admit, I can't see a great deal wrong with the screen...

Slashy Dodgins

January 24, 2013, 1:36 am

I'll just say that the screen is awesome as it is right now. (I played with a demo model for quite a while today)

I don't know how anybody can see any differences between these darn screens!
That's all I see is discussion about screen resolution, screen sharpness, etc.
I can't see a difference, so it don't matter to me!
I even had an Ipad 4 sitting right next to the mini, and the only difference I could see was with the black density, it was much denser on the 4, but that isn't something I'd be willing to wait for/pay more money for.

I should be getting an Ipad mini this weekend :)

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