iPad mini 2 to have Retina display

The next iPad mini 2 and iPad 5 Apple releases will have a Retina display, according to the latest internet rumours.

Taiwanese website Digitimes – which has a rather hit and miss record with its long list of predictions, it should be noted – reports that Apple’s second mini-tablet will feature a much sharper display in line with the full sized iPad range.

It claims that these reports come from “Taiwan-based backlighting industry sources.”

As the report points out, if Apple were to go with its current Retina display tablet technology with a 2058 x 1536 resolution, it would translate to a pixel density of 326ppi given the iPad mini’s smaller dimensions. That’s well above the sharpness of the iPad 4, and exactly the same as the iPhone 5.

A sharper display would be the one logical development for the iPad mini (alongside a move to the A6 processor). One of very few criticisms of the new device concerned its regression to iPad 2 territory with its screen resolution.

Given that the likes of the Amazon Kindle Fire HD provide a much sharper Retina-level display for around £100 less, it could be argued that Apple needs to up the pixel count in order to compete.

Of course, a separate report from NPD DisplaySearch claiming that the current iPad mini is set to ship its 12 millionth unit by the end of 2012 suggests that Apple is competing just fine already.

The original report also claims that the next full sized iPad – the iPad 5, if you will – will strip one of the two existing LED light bars away in order to produce a lighter device.

What do you think? Is there any other area in which you’d like to see the iPad mini improved? Let us know in the comments box below, or via our Twitter and Facebook feeds.

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