New Apple iPad coming with GF2 touch screen, Apple debating Retina display for iPad mini
Cupertino is expected to make the new iPad more compact thanks to a narrower bezel. The new touch panels that will be key to achieving this will be manufactured by TPK and GIS. The retina display itself is manufactured by LG Display, Samsung Display and Sharp.
An interesting whisper on the grapevine mentions that there has been internal debate in Apple on whether the company should bring Retina displays on the iPad mini as that would allegedly eat into regular iPad sales.
2. _Bone_ (Posts: 2150; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)
I've never bought an Apple product in my life, but I'd buy a retina iPad Mini - that's the sentence keeping Tim Cook up at night.
Cause despite superior apps, the Mini still can't beat cheap Android tablets bang-for-buck, especially with the FHD Nexus 7 arrival, and putting a retina dispay on it would beat the expensive iPad to the market.
Just this last report shows that the large iPad sales dropped, and the cheaper Mini, mostly bought by Apple supporters, brought Apple much smaller tablet-related profits. Same will happen to the iPhone when the cheap version comes out, fascinated to see how will that change Apple's image of "exclusive products".
10. ardent1 (Posts: 2000; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)
As a hobby, I like going to casinos and sweeping jackpots. The casino's use a term called "advantage player" to describe people like myself, who use math to know when the player has the edge. There are games with bonuses or progressive jackpots that get high enough where the house edge vanishes. For video poker situations, you need special software to cycle through about 2.6 million 5-card poker hands to arrive at the computer perfect return or payback. Then you need software to generate a working strategy for that opportunity. This is a lot of work. While casinos won't allow computing devices on the floor, nothing is stopping an AP from going to the parking lot, restaurant, etc to crunch the numbers on a live basis. The opportunity might be $30 to $80 an hour (it used to be as much as $300 an hour in the good old days) and if you don't play it, someone else will.
The best "AP" apps are on iOS. There's nothing on android worth buying,
Here's food for thought, my iPod Touch 4G with the AP apps helped me make over $10,000 in my first year to take advantage of so many opportunities on a live basis.
I am now using the iPad Mini and I haven't made as much (just under $3,000 year to date) due to more competition and fewer good opportunities, but I use Apple products to make money.
While most people like to use tablets for entertainment, that iPad Mini with the larger display along with portability is approaching a laptop in power. I can run spreadsheets on the iPad Mini, which wasn't feasible on the iPod Touch. I can build low-brow, crude databases, etc.
You look at android tablets that cost $150 to $200 and without the right apps, it's just urinating $150 to $200 away. You look at the 32GB iPad Mini that cost $430 and you make $3,000 with the device, and you ask yourself why aren't more people using tablets like laptops to make money.
3. darkkjedii (Posts: 17555; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
Hurry up apple, if this puppy looks anything like the mini, I want two of em. One for me, and one for my mrs. The mini is already gorgeous enough. Fall 2013 is looking sweet.
4. Googler (Posts: 813; Member since: 10 Jun 2013)
What is there to debate, the first Mini should have had the retina, it's not like it's new technology.
8. number29 (Posts: 185; Member since: 25 Jan 2013)
It's certainly not new technology, but it's probably new to get it in such a small device and get good battery life from it.
9. Googler (Posts: 813; Member since: 10 Jun 2013)
It's been over three years since Apple released it, and the first time was the iPhone which is much smaller than the Mini tablet. No reason why it's not in the first Mini or second iteration.
14. whysoserious (Posts: 318; Member since: 20 Jul 2012)
Because it's Apple. Their trend is to bring little upgrades on their next line of iDevices in a yearly basis, and they know their iFans will still buy it.
15. number29 (Posts: 185; Member since: 25 Jan 2013)
I presume that making 3.5" and 4" screens with acceptable battery life is very different from making 7.9" and 9.7" screens (we can see this from the size of battery that the 3rd and 4th gen iPad have).
5. livyatan (Posts: 867; Member since: 19 Jun 2013)
The debate is truly idiotic to begin with, imo.
Why wouldn't they just make iPad mini an all out high end product with premium price and even higher profit margins than the big one has?
Their point starts from the premise that bigger is automatically better than smaller which is such bull.
Think about it.
How can an tiny screened iPhone have premium price compared to large Androids??
THAT'S the whole point!
At 8'' screen, the mini is far more convenient and easier to handle than a 9.7'' slate, yet big enough. It deserves the best specs it can get
6. aryanfr1 (Posts: 115; Member since: 24 Jan 2013)
For me cell phone is Android though I will be loyal heartily with Nokia but when It comes to tablet Ipad is only a option as far I see as Android has still a way to go to cannibalize Apple in Tablet market. For me the next generation Ipad should have Power VR 6 series GPU and better camera. IOS has already a standard but the New IOS 7 layout has been not as great in terms of beauty (my point of view).
7. boosook (Posts: 1361; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)
The display of the current ipad mini looks like the one of a $99 entry level chinese android tablet, so they'd better update it...
11. jove39 (Posts: 1586; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
Huh...new N7 with FHD display is around the corner...do they still need to debate...step it up apple!
12. bubbadoes (Posts: 683; Member since: 03 May 2012)
if the new ipad mini doesn't come with Retina display--then it's DOA. Better just keep the current mediocre high priced mini anything short of retina on new model