This may not come as a surprise to many, but according to DoNews (Google Translation) Apple’s already chosen one of its Chinese suppliers, AU Optronics, for supplying the next generation iPad mini’s display starting from the second half of 2013. AU Optronics already supplies displays for the current iPad mini.
The display is said to have double the pixel density of the current model, which Apple could easily market as a “Retina” device with a resolution of 2048 x 1536 pixels, up from the current 1024 x 768 pixels.
According to MENAFN, the high resolution display would require the use of IGZO (indium gallium zinc oxide) technology and Gate IC on Array (GOA) tech. Without these technologies, it wouldn’t be possible to fit such a high resolution display within the iPad mini’s thin and narrow body.
Since the resolution of the theoretical Retina iPad mini would be the same as the iPad 4, developers wouldn’t have to do anything to make their apps compatible with the device.
Initial reviews of the iPad mini, including ours, noted that the lack of a Retina screen was a disappointment, especially after daily use of the iPad 3’s Retina display, but that one gets used to it after regular use.