Analyst Expects Retina iPad mini to Launch in Second Half of 2013

ipad_mini-2DisplaySearch analyst Paul Semenza expects the next generation iPad mini to be introduced in the third or fourth quarter of this year. The device, he says, would come with a Retina display, that’ll have double the pixel density as the current iPad mini.

CNET reports:

“We’re seeing potential in the third quarter of panel production for a higher-resolution iPad Mini,” DisplaySearch analyst Paul Semenza told CNET today.

“When would the Mini be available? Could be third quarter or fourth quarter,” he said, adding that the speculation is DisplaySearch’s best guess based on supply chain data.

Apple’s reasons to launch the iPad mini without a Retina display are well documented — powering 2048 x 1,536 pixels requires a power hungry CPU and GPU and a larger battery, which wouldn’t have been possible without making the device bulkier. Semenza says that these are still challenges for Apple, and we’ll have to see if the company decides to go the iPad 3 way, making the whole device thicker and heavier.

According to Semenza, LG Display, AU Optronics, Japan Display and Sharp are among the probable candidates who’d be making these 7.9 inch Retina displays for Apple.

Some reports claim that Apple will release the iPad mini 2 as soon as next month, though they don’t specify anything about the device having a Retina display.