Earlier this week, the Taiwanese site DigiTimes said the retina iPad mini would launch in early 2014 instead of later 2013 due to issues regarding the display. Today, they’re saying those issues have been resolved and that the retina iPad mini will be on store shelves in October.
Which statement should you believe? That’s up to you. Here’s how we see things: If Apple wants to squeeze down the resolution of the “big” iPad into the iPad mini, that means they need to buy displays that have a pixel per inch rating of 325. Coincidentally, that’s the same pixel per inch rating as the iPhone 5.
In other words, the technology to make these screens is already out there, Apple simply needs to tell LG to cut out bigger sheets of glass. That’s it. Yes, the bigger the sheet of glass, the more prone you are to getting manufacturing defects, but this latest DigiTimes report says LG is already in the process of making as many as three million retina iPad screens a month.
July, August, September, October, that’s four months, multiplied by three million units, you get 12 million screens. Do we think the iPad mini retina is going to come out this year? Absolutely.