Second Generation iPad mini Said To Have 324ppi Retina Display

iPad MiniThis 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.

[via BGR, SlashGear]

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    Definitely not surprised

    Sent from this iPad mini (no retina display) :(

  • Jeremy Taco Patterson

    I reckon I made the right call in not rushing out to get a Mini. I’d rather have the higher resolution, especially if its priced the same, which Apple USUALLY does.

  • katsuboi

    Talking about next gen ipad mini already? If Apple would put all the features consumers desire into one great device(best screen, 32/64gb min. storage, etc.) then there would be no need for a hundred versions of it. Geez, getting pretty tired of this.

    I like most Apple products, but fanboys seem to be living for the newest device and apple keeps stringing them along, dishing is out like a drug dealer.

  • Angel

    Apple is about to loose my loyalty by reducing their time frame of new products. I bought my iPad 3 six months ago and now it’s discontinued, I thought on buy an iPad mini, but this rumor makes me hold on a bit… who knows, maybe the iPad mini 2 will be out there in 6 months.

  • Pacomacman

    You guys seem to do nothing but moan. If Dell comes out with a new laptop only a month after already purchasing one you wouldn’t complain. In fact most people would credit the company for constantly updating its product line. I bought the iPad 3, and six months later I’ve bought the iPad 4. After 6 months I was ready for the upgrade! If you hold off buying a product you always face the risk of it being replaced by a new model.

    • katsuboi

      With that logic, perhaps Apple should just start leasing thier products. Seriously, if they are going to up the frequency of new products, it’s not worth buying them anymore for people who upgrade with every new release.

    • S.R

      I’m genuinly interested to hear what shortcomings the ipad 3 had iyo to justify an upgrade of a 700 dollar device in 6 months.

    • DEFMAD

      Uhm, see, here’s the thing, not everyone can afford a new iDevice every year, let alone 6 months after just buying one. I also have an iPad 3, but have no reason whatsoever to get an iPad 4. The iPad 3 works fine for me, high end graphical games like Lili and Infinity Blade 1 and 2 play without any lag (I do find that games in the iPad department is a bit lackluster, and a lot of developers don’t even bother with an iPad retina version, luckily I don’t use my iPad for games).


    Not that I care, but isn’t this expected anyway?