Next iPad mini Rumored to Have Retina Display

Posted in Apple, Apple News, iPad on 14/12/2012 by Chris Hauk


While consumers and critics alike seem to love the iPad mini, one complaint heard almost universally is the screen, it’s not a Retina Display. Could Apple be ready to address that in the next generation of the mini? A report from Digitimes, who has a spotty record on things like this, says the next-gen mini will come equipped with a Retina Display.

Digitimes, via MacRumors:

Apple’s next-generation iPad mini will focus mostly on enhancing the device’s display resolution, according to Taiwan-based backlighting industry sources.

The sources have yet to specify whether the device will use Apple’s Retina Display technology to enhanced resolution, but market observers said it is highly likely based on the development of past Apple products such as the iPhone and 9.7-inch iPad series.

It could be tricky to add a Retina Display in a device such as the iPad mini, possibly requiring a larger battery, and a faster processor, exactly what Apple had to do with the full-sized iPad when it added the Retina Display to that device. AnandTech makes a compelling case against a Retina mini in that site’s mini review for just those reasons.

As we’ve said, Digitimes has a spotty record in the past, but they do have numerous sources in the supply chain, so we’ll have to watch and wait to see if their prediction comes true.


Chris Hauk

MacTrast Senior Editor, and self-described "magnificent bastard," Chris Hauk owns Phoenix Rising Services and writes for everyone's favorite "bad movie" website, Big Bad Drive-In.

His first Apple product was an iPod Classic 9 years ago, and he has since added a MacBook Pro, a number of iPads, iPhones, and multiple Apple TVs to his collection.

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