Next Apple iPad mini rumored to have 324ppi pixel density

Next Apple iPad mini rumored to have 324ppi pixel density
One of the biggest gripes about the Apple iPad mini is the anemic 162ppi pixel density on the Apple iPad mini. No amount of number massaging by Apple could come close to making that a Retina display. Even though sales have been good and only now is shipping from the online Apple Store down to 1-3 business days, pumping up the resolution of the screen would seem to be number one on the Cupertino crew's task list.

Comparing the Apple iPad 2 and the fourth-generation Apple iPad

Comparing the Apple iPad 2 and the fourth-generation Apple iPad

According to the BrightWire news agency, which has a source inside one of Apple's Taiwan based suppliers, AU Optronics is working on getting things ready to produce a display for the sequel to the Apple iPad mini. The company is one of the vendors for the current 1024 x 768 resolution screen and the speculation is that the new screen will have a resolution of 2048 x 1536, four times that of the current Apple iPad mini and equal to the resolution of the screen on the fourth-generation Apple iPad. Because the 7.9 inch screen on the latter is smaller than the larger Retina display tablet, the pixel density would be higher and in fact, would be 324ppi on the next-gen iPad mini.

By raising the resolution on a smaller screened device, Apple gets to offer a higher-resolution device without requiring developers to rework their apps to a new screen size. This isn't the first time that rumors of a higher resolution screen for the next generation Apple iPad mini have appeared, and this past November the same exact rumor was leaked. We have always gone with the thought that where there is smoke there is fire. To see a similar difference in pixel density, take a look at the image that accompanies this article. It shows the difference between the 132ppi pixel density on the Apple iPad 2 with the 264ppi screen on the fourth-generation iPad.

source: MyDrivers, BrightWire via AppleInsider

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46 Comments

1. Levon

Posts: 35; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

then the ipad5 may have an 3072x2304 or 4096x3072???

2. gmracer1

Posts: 646; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

lol. They need to just close their doors. There are only so many times you can polish a turd until it falls apart :-)

5. nwright94 unregistered

They're still ruling the tablet market (who knows for how much longer) so slim chance of that happening. They still make one of the best tablets, although android tablets are finally starting to match/exceed the iPads appeal. Too bad the apps haven't caught up on android yet, it's what keeps me from switching. Can't stand blown up smartphone apps. I'm sure it will get there in a year or two.

11. Pedro0x

Posts: 271; Member since: Oct 19, 2012

I have no idea, why they give you thumbs down. Ipads are really awesome tablets, the apps and snappiness are really great. But do not get me wrong, the new android tablets are great too, like nexus 7 or nexus 10 awesome tablets which if you root and have access to xda forums are turned into fu..... beasts.

14. BattleBrat

Posts: 1476; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

I have an iPad 4, and well, it sucks! My Xperia Tablet S, although sporting a non retina screen, is superior, all those nifty "windowed" apps just make the tablet. That and most of the major apps scale to the tablet, so no blown up apps. The Xperia tab is better constructed too, it just feels stronger, more highly polished.

19. nwright94 unregistered

I played with that tablet at the local Walmart and I was very impressed by it, it definitely had a nice feel and was weighted better than the iPad, and 4:3 is such a weird aspect ratio for a tablet, but the apps in my case make or break a choice of tablet. I don't hate any android tablet, I loved my asus tf300t, but with the app situation with android at the time of owning that tablet, I couldn't stick with it. Half the apps I wanted to use either didn't show up for my device in the play store or would say "device not supported". I payed $500 for it, I want everything to work right. So I traded my friend who hates Apple but got an iPad 3 for Christmas and I enjoy this iPad better except for the 4:3 screen (seriously, only a 3rd of the screen shows content on an HD movie). It's just what works for me, no offense to any android users.

25. gmracer1

Posts: 646; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

I totally understand what you mean: iPhones, iPad, and iPods have (in a sense) the same OS and hardware; Therefore, it's easier for developers to make an app for them. With so many different Android versions, and so many different hardware makeups (including screen sizes), the developers have to make their apps compatible with all of it. Now I'm far from a dev, but I'm pretty sure that they wanna make money on the best-selling phones/tablets, so they're gonna focus on certain ones, and leave out the garbage----yeah I'll say it: There are some extremely sh*tty Androids out there xD

22. omar300

Posts: 210; Member since: Jun 24, 2012

even as a pure android user. i agree with this comment. androids do have moderate app store. i see apps on ipad and they are fantastic. Good needs to get developer on their side. i know google already gives out devices to devs in dev con and doesnt have high charges for apps submission. But they need to block apps installation through apk files.

24. gmracer1

Posts: 646; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

I know what you're talking about (from the past), but the Play Store apps have, in my opinion, become golden. I don't see any problems with compatibilty or choice. My phone and tablet run all the same apps without any hiccups. Now I can't wait for this Summer. The Play Store apps will outnumber the AppStore's and I'll have another thing to brag about :D 1,000,000 apps FTW!

31. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

That's only true for honeycomb 3.1, honeycomb 3.2 onwards has already solved the problem with vector scaling. I do think iPad has better choice of apps but android is just a step or two behind.

37. nwright94 unregistered

It was an android 4.0 tablet, I think it was something to do with the tegra 3 chipset though.

13. sectime unregistered

Different day, same gmracer brain boogers and down voting

18. gmracer1

Posts: 646; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

You know I hate Apple :D

20. nwright94 unregistered

Which is perfectly fine ^_^ I love their products but hate the company. Same with Microsoft, whereas I love Google but I'm not too much of a fan of Android. I don't hate it, it's just not for me. Simple as that.

23. nwright94 unregistered

I don't understand why the thumbs down? I said I didn't hate Android -_- can you guys really not accept a differing opinion? I didn't attack any of you.

28. papss unregistered

No they sure cant.. I have both an android tablet (infinititf700t) and a iPad 4 and as much as I really don't like apple their Apps made for iPad are much better than the play store. Now on phones I think the play store is amazing but not for tablets

30. papss unregistered

I get it.. So do I but the iPad 4 is pretty good. Who am I though.. I like WP8, nexus 4 too

6. Pedro0x

Posts: 271; Member since: Oct 19, 2012

I don´t think so because that is way too many pixels too put in 9.7 inches. i mean that would translate into more than 350ppi and that is ridicilous on a tablet, because I do not even see pixels on Ipad 4 from a normal distance. And 3072x2304 is 2.25 more pixels so you would need a very powerful GPU, maybe the new PowerVX, 6xx. I am not saying that Apple couldn´t do this because, everythink for marketing :). But I would sure welcome a 324 ppi Ipad mini, the current generation is good, but the display is a downer so if they improve this, they would sure sell a lot more.

12. Commentator

Posts: 3722; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

This makes a lot of sense for them to do from a development perspective. Now they can finally phase out the old resolution that has been around since the first iPad.

26. HDShatter

Posts: 1021; Member since: Jan 17, 2013

its more than needed a 2.25x more powerful gpu. It doesn't seem like a lot but it really is. For example 1080p is 2x more render space than 720p. I think 2k will be the peak for tablets and 1080p for phones. Anything higher is unnecessary and compromising gpu performance for no gain.

3. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

Make it 16:10 and I'll consider buying it. Some nasty stuff coming out this year, core-doubled Nexus 10, fullHD Nexus 7, A15 lineup, and all have to price it competitively, a $330 330ppi iPad (probably with iPad3,5 level HW) is definitely fits.

7. Pedro0x

Posts: 271; Member since: Oct 19, 2012

Oh yeah, this year is going to be big :)

4. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Now just put an A6x in there, and you will have your best product, Apple

9. Pedro0x

Posts: 271; Member since: Oct 19, 2012

A6x is a powerful SoC, but it takes a lot of juice. That is why they put such a big battery in Ipad 3 and Ipad 4, and because of the resolution too of course.

36. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

iPad3 has the A5X chip. iPad4 got the A6X. The mini has just a 'piddly' A5. I suspect a Retina-spec mini will get the chipset of the iPad3, the A5X. No need to accelerate the specs of the mini ahead of the full-size iPad.

8. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

This should have been the screen used for the first iPad mini considering the price. 329 for a mini iPad 2 when something with much better specs is selling for 199? Please Apple...enough raping of your loyal customers.

10. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Apple all the time was slow in technological advancement, but now it is not just slow, it is going backwards...

15. jli5att

Posts: 6; Member since: Nov 20, 2012

Haha apple is done as soon as the bendable OLEDs comes out. Funny how if they didnt patent every single device or technology that comes out maybe Samsung would let them in on their new bendable/ foldable technology. I honestly dont know how theyre going to come up with something extravagent to match samsungs new and upcoming devices. Apple is a bunch of greedy tyrants who only want their customers money.

21. nwright94 unregistered

Name one company that isn't making products only to make money.

35. jli5att

Posts: 6; Member since: Nov 20, 2012

Look you're right but most companies move in a direction based on the customers wants. Why charge 30 for an adaptor when they can just be universal and have a micro usb charging unit.. its things like that make me despise apple. Some devices cannot even be used even after they purchase the lightning adaptor because it is now uncompatible.

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