Second-generation iPad mini tipped for Retina Display screen boost

Second-generation iPad mini tipped for Retina Display screen boostOur old friend DigiTimes over in Taiwan can be a bit hit and miss with its predictions, almost as if supply chain sources might not always know everything about the plans of companies they provide their components to.

But you'd have to say this one is almost a no-brainer: Apple's second-generation iPad mini will come with a significantly higher display resolution than the underwhelming debut model.

Display quality isn't just about resolution, of course, but the iPad mini screen is probably the biggest disappointment on the iPad mini, and a lot of that is down to the non-Retina Display levels of pixel density.

Fear not, though, because the sequel to Apple's cut-size iOS slab will fix all that, according to DigiTimes' backlighting industry sources.

They're not willing to confirm it'll be a Retina-class resolution, which would mean 2058 x 1536 at the iPad mini's screen size, but say it's highly likely.

Another nugget of information to emerge is the claim that Apple will shave some weight off the next full-size 9.7in iPad by rejigging the tablet's innards to go from two LED light bars to just one.

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Pondlife  Dec. 14, 2012 at 13:40

And there was everyone thinking it would go to 480x800...

But erm why would it need to be as high a res as the ipad 3 and 3s to make the retina claim as they are slightly bigger?

matt101101 / MOD  Dec. 14, 2012 at 13:50

And there was everyone thinking it would go to 480x800...

But erm why would it need to be as high a res as the ipad 3 and 3s to make the retina claim as they are slightly bigger?

Well Apple just seem to pass whatever they fancy off as "Retina", nowadays. As long as it's a higher resolution than the outgoing model, it gets the retina labelling. The iPad 3 & 4 display is very, very nice, but you can still see the pixels without having to look too hard, its PPI is well under 300.

Also, (on a related to the story note), of course the iPad Mini 2 will have a Retina display, the iPad Mini has to be one of the most obvious examples of dumbing down a device to sell more of its successor, that I can think of.

Pondlife  Dec. 14, 2012 at 14:01

So next one will be the ipad 3 mini..

Though I think nintendo are still the champions of the dumbing down..

Jim988  Dec. 14, 2012 at 14:14

I'm betting on 2058 x 1536 because it would mean compatibility with existing ipad3/4 apps = easier for devs to support it, the ipad 3 had to get support from all apps and it took awhile.

Pondlife  Dec. 14, 2012 at 14:22

That'd mean having to up the resolution on the next real ipad though, so that would need the devs to adapt anyway.
Plus they've had to get used to a change in resolution with the iphone 5.

matt101101 / MOD  Dec. 14, 2012 at 14:53

That'd mean having to up the resolution on the next real ipad though, so that would need the devs to adapt anyway.
Plus they've had to get used to a change in resolution with the iphone 5.

Not just resolution, aspect ratio as well.

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