Apple iPad mini with Retina display rumored to launch after Google Nexus 7 Refresh

Apple iPad mini with Retina display rumored to launch after Google Nexus 7 Refresh
Even though Apple CEO Tim Cook has warned analysts not to use supply chain information to make predictions, NPD DisplaySearch analyst Paul Semenza used such info to say on Friday that Apple will be releasing a version of the Apple iPad mini with Retina display in the third of fourth quarter of this year. The display on the 7.9 inch tablet has been its Achilles heel with consumers not happy about the lack of clarity on the glass. At 1024 x 768 pixels, the resolution on the screen works out a pixel density of 162ppi. That compares with the 2048 x 1536 resolution on the panel of the fourth generation Apple iPad. The 264ppi pixel density on that tablet, although under the 300ppi considered to be a Retina display by Apple, still qualifies as such by the Cupertino based manufacturer because tablets are not held up as close to the eyes as smartphones are. Look, Apple coined the term and can decide when they want to use it, and who is to say that they are not right with this explanation?

According to NPD DisplaySearch analyst Paul Semenza, the Apple iPad mini 2 will have a display with a resolution of 2048 x 1536 which works out to a pixel density of 324ppi, nearly double the ppi on the current iPad mini. In the running to make the new display are a number of well-known display manufacturers like LG Display, AUO, Japan Display and possibly even Sharp. Those waiting for this tablet to come to market might have to be a little patient. According to the analyst, a Refresh version of the Google Nexus 7 will hit the market first before the Apple iPad mini 2.

The Google Nexus 7 is a 7 inch slate produced by ASUS and speculation is that the 1280 x 800 pixel display will get bumped up to FHD in the new version of the tablet. That would bring the pixel density up to 323ppi, very close to the pixel density Apple is aiming for with the new iPad mini 2. The current version of the tablet has a 216ppi and is priced as low as $199 for a 16GB model with Wi-Fi connectivity. The price rises to $299 for the 32GB model with HSPA+ connectivity from AT&T or T-Mobile. The Apple iPad mini starts as low as $329 for the 16GB model with Wi-Fi only connectivity.

source: CNET

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16 Comments

1. chistoefurpuffer

Posts: 140; Member since: Mar 11, 2013

LOL Apple's a complete fail, I'm gonna need to some some serious spec pick-up to be even slightly impressed with any of their new products.

2. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

When its released, I hope PA can do a comparison of these 2 tablets.

3. avin007

Posts: 139; Member since: Feb 28, 2013

What is "third of fourth quarter"???...... When is its actually??

4. BadAssAbe

Posts: 507; Member since: Apr 22, 2011

i read this article, just to find out more about the New Nexus 7

5. Twashbush

Posts: 47; Member since: Jun 08, 2011

same here

6. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

the nexus 7 is a budget tablet and the mini is a premier tablet...the specs are secundary next to user experience

7. belovedson

Posts: 1061; Member since: Nov 30, 2010

what did you say? if the ipad mini does come in hd flavor. it needs a bigger battery and stronger processor. this goes against apple and the idea of going thinner

8. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

It's such a premier device it got assembled from scrap of the older iPads and according to a friend that has it, the experience is weak, just a pretty slate with a boring OS

15. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

Fool them with exteriors and call it premium ... that's Apple's way of defining Premium. Premium my foot. spell check on your iDevice has gone haywire .... :D

9. fanboy1974

Posts: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 2011

Apple would be nuts to release a mini with the same resolution as the full size ipad at the $329 price point. It would guarantee doom for the full size $500 ipad. We already see that right now with the current model. I see only two options; release the mini above $329 or come out with another ipad resolution and call it retina (retina is such a useless term now) and sacrifice app compatibility. Apple should have never released the mini from a business standpoint. The ipad 4 would have been a bigger hit.

12. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

They will surely up the price of the new mini and turn it into a premium tablet. And I strongly disagree with your last sentence..even Tim Cook sees that mini is actually a better potential since 8'' tablets are a better overall form factor that 10'' ones.(" we are not concerned about cannibalization") To put it simply - if an average buyer gets to choose between equally specced 8 or 10 '' tablet for the same price, most would go for the smaller one.

10. airisoverrated

Posts: 55; Member since: Jun 08, 2012

Apple is really watering down the retina display brand by calling the current iPad mini display one. Outside of the original iPhone and 3G, I have always maintained that Apple releases products that purposely leave room to grow in the next model, rather than release a product that is fully state of the art. I think the iPad line is the most guilty of this, and when the iPad mini was released it was already behind the times in specs. An admittedly great looking chassis until you turned it on and realized it has a lower resolution display than it's cheaper competitors. I mean the only real benefit was a smaller cheaper device to run your iOS apps. Otherwise it was pretty inferior in many respects. I'm sure Apple was planning it's replacement before it was even released, and the current mini was really a play at stopping the bleeding of its market share caused by the very nice Nexus 7 and Kindle (HD is very nice). All that said, a high res display and better processor will go a long way to healing the current mini's ills. But that will leave Apple with a difficult task or making the full size iPad different enough to be worth the extra expense. Cameras are not a big selling feature on tablets, so I'm curious to see how long before these spec upgrades start falling flat. Other than changing the chassis, improving the processor, and upping the screen resolution, there doesn't seem to be much else you can do to upgrade these devices in a way that is meaningful to consumers. With these upgrades currently hitting their peaks, I'm betting Apple is looking to a new style of device to grow their business as room for upgrades on their tablets starts running out.

11. Teejay1100

Posts: 115; Member since: Aug 16, 2012

Apple is doomed this year!! WIth Samsung releasing the GS4 in April and Google announcing a new Nexus 7 in May and a new OS, Apple won't stand a chance. Especially if they wait til the 3rd quarter of 2013 to drop a iphone and new ipad mini with no major changes to iOS. You can't keep recycling the same product with the same 6year old OS!! There is proof now that competition has the smartphone market locked down and soon to be tablet market. Apple didn't hurt Samsung with all those lawsuits, they helped Samsung become more established and they are now a household name around the world that people look to more than Apple!!

13. Mass88

Posts: 58; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

The Retina Display will be the main, really the only selling point to upgrade, or buy this over the original Mini. The omission in the first gen was obvious. They need a feature to hammer home the reason to buy the second generation.

14. shamataa

Posts: 257; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

It's going to blow the ipad 2 away. The next Nexus 7 will be so much better than the ipad mini 2 because we all know that they will only made really small updates and Asus will be a major change hardware wise and might have key lime pie on it also. Apple is so done this year. Done as in last place in OEMS.

16. loken

Posts: 462; Member since: May 09, 2012

What if Asus puts the same resolution of the nexus 10 but on 7inch ?

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