Leaked image suggest iPad mini 2 won't have Retina display

Leaked image suggest iPad mini 2 won't have Retina display
The Apple iPad mini 2 might turn out to be a disappointment for all of you anticipating to see a higher resolution, Retina display in it. A new leaked image allegedly shows the iPad mini 2 and its thickness in particular - 6.81mm. This might sound like good news at first. After all, this is nearly 0.4mm thinner than the current iPad mini. However what this most likely means is that the second generation 7.9” Apple tablet is not getting a higher resolution screen.

The original iPad mini ships with a 1024 x 768 pixel 7.9" screen, and rumors have swirled that the new version might get a 2048 x 1536 pixel 7.9" screen like the one on the 9.7” iPad. This however would require a slight increase in thickness to accommodate for the larger panel allegedly required for such a display. In this leaked image the opposite has happened - instead of seeing a thicker iPad mini 2, we’re seeing a thinner one, and this might be a good indication that the resolution will stay the same.

It’s hard to say how true-to-life this leak really is, but it does seem to show a space-grey version of the 7.9” tablet, a color that has to come with the second-gen tablet, so it does seem legitimate.

Another thing to notice in the image is there is the new 9.7” iPad fifth-gen in space grey as well and it’s once again shown sporting the TouchID fingerprint scanner. We yet do not know whether the iPad mini will have the fingerprint scanner.

source: CTechCN (translated)

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iPad mini 2
  • Display 7.9" 2048 x 1536 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Apple A7, Dual-core, 1300 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 6471 mAh



1. aayupanday

Posts: 582; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

If this holds true then there won't be many people buying this 7.9 incher and it would be a fail... Apple's gotta somehow cram in that High res panel in that Ultra Slim Chassis.

2. Topcat488

Posts: 1417; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

I agree with you about cramming in more things for the "mini"... Apple needs to do a Samsung on it and throw in the "kitchen sink", with Touch ID, etc. But if Apple makes the ipad mini 2 too good... It might eat into sales of the regular ipad 5,,, can't have that.

10. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Don't be surprised if no retina display for the mini - Apple needs to differentiate the iPad 5 from the mini, and resolutionary is one way to do it. Plus, Apple avoids yield problems with the smaller retina display size.

11. appleDOESNT.com

Posts: 456; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

another S hit with 1024 res! rotflmao @ apple iClones, who will buy another mini that's the same as last years mini which was sooo embarrassing low rez for it's introduction proving that apple is only out for profit margins. Every tab on the planet and every phone has a higher resolution than pitiful SD quality 1024x768 and the iPad Mini 1 & 2

12. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

"We have learned over the years not to worry about cannibalization of our own product. It's much better for us to do that than for somebody else to do it." - Tim Cook I would hope this thinner profile means that the iPad mini has a Retina display of a different technology, making it thinner. If this really doesn't have a Retina display, it'll be a fail.

17. squallz506

Posts: 1075; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

I predict my 4 months older, $120 cheaper 2013 nexus 7 will be better than the new iPad mini in every single way. Just as my og n7 was greater than the og iPad mini. I still can't believe that so many people enjoy spending more money for a lesser product =/

28. bucky

Posts: 3794; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Lesser in your eyes. Everyone has preferences.

31. blingblingthing

Posts: 979; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

Quite true bucky; I'm one of those who prefer paying more for sub HD, lower PPI with less processing power. Yes android has more features; but i don't like them, so it makes sense to pay more NOT to have them

30. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

I'm a big fan of the Nexus series, and even I will admit that the original iPad mini was better than the Nexus 7. The Tegra 3, despite having 2 more cores was only slightly faster than the A5 chip in the iPad mini, but that marginal difference was completely negated by the GPU, the PowerVR SGX543MP2 in the A5 completely stomped the Tegra 3's GPU. The same will be said for the Nexus 7 (2013) and the iPad mini 2 if they put the A7 in it, which would be the only option that makes complete sense. The Rogue GPU in the A7 is on par with the Adreno 330, and would be far past the Adreno 320 in the Nexus 7. The dual core Cyclone CPU in the A7 also out-performs the quad core Krait 300 CPU by a fair margin and are also more power efficient, and that lead in efficiency is only increased by the M7 co-processor. Yes, I prefer Android as phone OS, but Apple's ecosystem is unmatched at this point, and I want some more flavor in my daily life. Once I get an iPad, I'll have Android for my phone, iOS for my tablet, and Windows for my desktop OS, and I'll enjoy every minute of it.

32. blingblingthing

Posts: 979; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

What is the this "ecosystem" I keep hearing? The app store with less apps? Or itunes is that important? You have a Mac and an Apple router so you need their Tablet? What is it?

34. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Less apps overall, but way more tablet optimized apps, especially when you consider full sized tablets; smaller tablets are alright on Android (but still not as good as the iPad), but full sized Android tablets are pretty bad in terms of optimization. iTunes is that important to me, because all my music is on there. Most of my friends have iOS devices, so it only makes sense that I have one as well that isn't horribly outdated (I have an iPod Touch 4th gen) and since I prefer Android for my phone OS, why not get an iPad? I said in the post you commented to that I had a Windows PC, so no. And I have no idea why having an Apple router would make me more inclined to buy an Apple tablet, but no, I don't have an Apple router.

51. romeo1

Posts: 823; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

Seriously? Because most of your friends have ios devices it makes sense to buy one yourself? That is really lame. Gotta have a own opinion mate. And the music you have on itunes can be put on you android/windows/blackberry as well.

53. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

I do have my own opinion, and my opinion is that Android is best for phones, iOS is best for tablets, and Windows is best for PC. Most of my friends having iOS devices is just another reason, not a deciding factor. I've tried to look up how to get my iTunes music onto my phone, but the methods I found were kind of time consuming and some apps that did it weren't really as fluid as the iOS ecosystem was, so it just made sense to keep my iPod Touch. Granted, that was a couple years ago, and there probably are better options now, it still just seems easier to stay in iOS. If you know an easy way to get all my iTunes music onto Google Play Music, I'll be happy to do it.

54. Googler

Posts: 813; Member since: Jun 10, 2013

Slave to iTunes. In a way I'm a slave to Google Music. I used to like iTunes until 64bit Windows, sucked since then. I ditched my iPod for a Cowon and never looked back. Use what you like and like what you use, who cares what other people think.

40. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

The A7 is not going to be in the iPad mini 2....lol It makes no sense to jump from the A5 to the A7 when they probably have a factory full of A6 chips that Samsung sent them in a factory somewhere that needs to be used.

57. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

At the rate they're currently shafting their customer base, I half expect them to release an iPad mini in gold and call it mini 2. There is no point in further getting in bed with a corporation that does greedy retarded things like this. Shafting a perfectly good iPhone 5, releasing updates that cripple phones with no downgrade possible. It is just selfish and stupid and you only harm yourself by buying their crap.

60. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

Watch it be an overclocked A5 lol.

37. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

People will buy it, just like they bought the iPad 2 despite it having the same screen as the iPad 1. And people still bought the 4s despite it having the same screen as the 4. They just got away with pricing a crappier version of the iPhone 5 for more than an iPhone 5 would cost now. Do you really think that not having a retina display would stop the sheep like ninetysix, darkjedi, and mxyziptik from lapping this up even though it has a low red screen? Not a chance. Apple figures that thinner, more powerful, and touch ID is more than enough and they can save the retina for a rainy day. And that is smart, I would do the same because I know it will sell regardless so might as well save money making it.

48. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

People bought the iPad 2 because it was substantially more powerful than the iPad 1. No one really cared about the display because back in 2011, high resolution tablet displays were practically unheard of. The highest tablet resolution was like, what, 1280 x 800? Not that far off from the iPad 2. If they did use that resolution for the iPad 2, it would've just been about 20 ppi more dense and have a different aspect ratio. Same for the 4S; at the time, the highest resolution for phones was qHD (until the Galaxy Nexus), and the 4(S)'s resolution was actually slightly higher than that. But, once again, it was much more powerful. Apple didn't exactly "get away" with the iPhone 5C. The 5S is by far more popular than the 5C, so much more that Apple is actually cutting production of the 5C to make sure they don't have a loss because they were selling so badly (comparatively). If Apple does incorporate Touch ID like you said, it would only be natural to include the A7, considering that's their only 64 bit chip at the moment. 64 bit increases security, and since security is the most pressing issue people have against Touch ID, it would be stupid to include it as a feature on a less secure system. If Apple does introduce the iPad mini 2 without Retina, it's off my list and I'll get a Nexus 7. If it's not Retina and has Touch ID without the A7, I'll advise people not to get it, because that's just terrible.

50. Sakeem

Posts: 864; Member since: Sep 05, 2012

Valid points. I'm weary of their history in terms of the ipad 3 to ipad 4. What was the major difference between those devices??? The lightning port....slightly faster and thinner? And the 4 to the 4s. The major difference...siri?? Maybe a few bumps in specs? Let's see what they have decided to do. If it is the relatively same device as the first one, the I agree with you in that being terrible. However, we both know it will sell like crazy regardless. Apple has......I don't know what to call it but they have something that keep people buying relatively the same device again and again. All companies wish they could duplicate what they do.

58. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

They have nothing but the US (no where else is that behavior exhibited). The reason it sells is because 1) people are afraid to move to something new, 2) they are trapped with paid apps in apple ecosystem, 3) they don't know of alternative (no greater group of uninformed such as that of the US population), 4) They think it is cool (this is dying down and has quite a bit) None of the good reasons such as quality or tech superiority exist anymore. The build quality is bad (bad wifi, easily scratchable unlike other metal phones like padfone infinity or HTC one). Lots of problems with new OS release and serious issues with direction (why go cartoony, can't they go serious and flat).

64. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Um.... A 2048 x 1536 7.9 inch is more unheard of then a 2048 x 1536 9.7 inch back then. And the iPad mini 2 will be substantially more powerful than the mini. A6 vs A5. Look, you can be a hopeless romantic all you want like all other Apple fans but they reuse screens like crazy, that is a fact and no one should put it past them to reuse the mini 1 resolution and just include an A6 instead of an A5.

65. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

More powerful internals was a very good upgrade for tablets... In 2011. This is 2013, making a tablet without a high resolution display is just embarrassing. Apple not including Retina would be the worst thing they could ever do to the mini. We'll see what happens on Tuesday, if there really is no Retina on the mini, I'm getting a Nexus or a Windows tablet.

3. ijklmnop

Posts: 18; Member since: Oct 10, 2013

i dont think people are dumb these days to choose ipad over superawesome nexus tab

5. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

They are actually, there are a lot of them here who think the iPad is the only good tablet.

9. msa1988

Posts: 418; Member since: Mar 30, 2010

Or maybe because the iPad IS a significantly better tablet than everything else out there. You're crazy if you think otherwise.

13. willard12 unregistered

Apparently not in the display department.

23. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Nexus 7 (2013) > iPad Mini 2 GN 10.1 (2014) > iPad 4/5 *Based on info from leaks

38. good2great

Posts: 1042; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

you smokin crack smurf... you guys wish those tablets are better. dont deny reality.

52. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

iPad Mini will sport a A6 chip, which is on par with the modified S4 Pro in the N72. Now when it comes to the iPad 5, that's a different story. iPad 5 will have an edge in the GPU department thanks to the quad core Rogue, but the N10.1 is the closest you'll get to a portable computer, especially with the TouchWiz features Samsung has implemented (I'm not talking about the gimmicky features.) Apple can prove me wrong and release it with a A7 chip (to make 64-bit universal) but I highly doubt it. iPad 5 with the A7X will be 64-bit and may have a quad core CPU this time around. Again, based on leaks and what I know of Apple's update cycle.

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