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Apple will up the ante for displays on budget tablets with the next-generation iPad mini, according to sources familiar with matters down at Infinite Loop.

Insiders from Apple’s Chinese supply chain partner Au Optronics told DoNewws that the iPad mini 2 will feature the same retina display technology as the top-end, full-sized iPad.

The company, which is among the suppliers of the 1024 x 768 panels used in the just released iPad mini, purportedly expects to begin creating lusher 2048 x 1536 resolution displays for Apple’s second try at a budget tablet by the second half of next year.

Assuming we can trust the gen, the putative start for production suggests Apple will stick with the October launch date of the iPad mini for the slate’s next iteration.

News of Apple’s plans for the evolution of its micro slate come after the iPad mini came in for strong criticism from some tech watchers for shunning the high-res retina screen that has featured in the top-end iPad since its second iteration.

Apple is likely to have opted for less lavish screen tech in the name of keeping the entry-level model’s price down to £269 - a price that's still £100 more than its rival Google Nexus 7 slate.



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