The successor to the iPad mini could feature a Retina display to bring it up to the super high resolution billing of its larger siblings, rumours suggest.
Citing sources in the backlighting industry in Taiwan, Digitimes reports that that the next crop of Apple’s tablets will primarily focus on improving the devices’ screen resolution.
Although no concrete information was given as to whether this would necessarily apply to the iPad mini, which has come under intense scrutiny for sporting a much lower resolution than rival slates such as the Google Nexus 7 and Amazon’s Kindle Fire HD and still costing substantially more.
Assuming there is some substance to the conjecture, it would mean the iPad mini would hop from its current resolution of 1024-by-768 to an eye-popping 2058-by-1536 – while doubling the number of pixels per inch from 163 to an impressive 326.
The sources also added that Apple will “restructure the lighting of the next-generation 9.7-inch iPad from two LED light bars to one in order to decrease the device's overall weight”.
This would be a huge boon for consumers who’ve been put off by the iPad’s cumbersome feel. Although that very factor has also clearly also benefitted the iPad mini, which has been widely praised for its slim and light form factor and is another a commercial success for the iGiant.
That said, while it would be nice to have a Retina display on the iPad mini, we imagine would also make the device slightly heavier, possibly thicker, and more expensive than it already is.
It's also worth noting that Apple didn’t equip the standard iPad with a Retina display until its third iteration. Even the iPhone only introduced it on its fourth refresh. So there’s always a chance that it might not even make an appearance on the iPad mini for at least two more generations.
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