No Retina display for the iPad mini 2?

No Retina display for the iPad mini 2?The Google Nexus 7 got a nice resolution bump in the second-generation model (from 800 x 1280 to 1200 x 1920), and Martin scribbled about the new Kindle Fire HD models earlier in the week.

The similarly small iPad mini 2 was expected to get the Retina treatment, but we’re hearing that that mightn’t be the case after all.

That’s the story over on 9to5mac, which in turn credits “references in the iOS 7 SDK sent to us by a developer”.

Reading between the lines (9to5mac concedes that it’s merely inferred; there’s no mention of [email protected] where you’d expect to see it), it sounds like the iPad mini 2 won’t have a Retina display.

On the plus side, there appears to be an s518950x processor, more commonly known as the Apple A6. He’s the guy currently powering the iPhone 5, while the iPad mini first gen is fuelled by the A5 (same as the iPad 2).

Actually, this isn’t the first time we’ve heard that the iPad mini 2 mightn’t have a Retina display. A couple of weeks ago it was sources of DigiTimes saying that we’ll see an enhanced model in H2 2013 followed by a Retina iPad mini in early 2014.

Apple launched a grand total of zero iProducts in the first half of 2013, but things are set to go super crazy, with the iPhone 5S, iPad 5, iPad mini 2 (with or without Retina display), and maybe the iWatch all touching down soonish.

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JanSt / MOD  Aug. 1, 2013 at 14:33

and the cheaper bigger betterer iPhone C

timy  Aug. 1, 2013 at 18:20

what happened to the ipad 4? oh god, i hope i did not miss one....

satchef1  Aug. 1, 2013 at 22:31

Why not? I mean, what have Apple got to lose here?

Worst case scenario, the Nexus 7 or Kindle Fire HD outsell the Mini this Christmas because the Mini's display is comparatively naff. Apple still make a decent profit, thanks to the higher margin from a non-retina device, and then reclaim the number one spot in the first half of 2014 with a Retina Display totting Mini.

JanSt / MOD  Aug. 2, 2013 at 10:15

Vast majority of the targeted clientele doesn't give a hoot. The thing will look good, work okay, have "Apple" on the back... kerching.

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