Next year's iPad might get an even sharper display, 2013 iPad mini expected to also get a resolution bump

Next year's iPad might get an even sharper display, 2013 iPad mini expected to also get a resolution bump
We’re about to see the next Apple iPads in a matter of days on October 22nd, but rumors about next year’s iPads have already started circulating. One of the industry’s more reliable analysts, KGI Securities’ Ming-Chi Kuo, now denies the possibility of Apple launching a larger, 12” tablet, and says that technology would allow Cupertino to make another huge jump in display resolution. The Apple iPad 6 is thus expected to get a pixel density that will be 30 to 40% higher.

“Contrary to speculation that next year’s iPad next year may come in a 12” form, or larger, we think it will not change from the current 9.7” format as we think a 12” iPad would not provide a good mobility experience given today’s technology limitations,” Kuo first denied whispers on the grapevine about a larger iPad.

“In light [of] advancing Oxide and a-Si technologies, the PPI of iPad 6, which we expect to come out at end-2014, will exceed that of 2013’s iPad 5 by 30-40%, which will offer more competent visuals,” Kuo writes in a note to clients.

Does this make any sense in real life? Right now the 9.7” iPad comes with a resolution of the already impressive 2048 x 1536 pixels, or a pixel density of around 264ppi. That’s already considered “Retina” by Apple’s standards, but what would a further increase look like? If we were to have the same 4:3 aspect ratio at a higher-res, that could would work out to a theoretical resolution of 2880 x 2160, or around 371ppi. Coincidentally, this is just over 40% higher than the current density.

Another interesting piece in the research note touches on the iPad mini. The KGI analyst believes Apple will indeed bump the resolution of the iPad mini into “Retina” territory, something that we have to say seems like a necessary move given that rival tablets already come with higher resolutions. Next year’s iPad mini however is likely to keep that alleged “Retina” display.

This all makes sense to us, but it’s merely a prediction based on where technology is going so take it with the usual healthy grain of salt. Be it true or not, what do you think about the prospect of an even higher resolution on the 2014 iPad?

source: MacRumors

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  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 8820 mAh
iPad mini
  • Display 7.9" 1024 x 768 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Apple A5, Dual-core, 1000 MHz
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1. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

If the iPad mini 2 doesn't have a Retina display, that will be the biggest failure of the year. ALL small tablets need high resolution displays in 2013, anything less is just embarrassing.

11. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 2011

There are trade-offs to be made. Google's Nexus 7 had about 6 hours of battery life per's review. Keep in mind Apple's iPad Mini has about a 30% larger display area and currently has 10 hours of battery life. To put in a retina display, Apple has got to solve the battery life problem. We shall see.

13. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

They'll probably increase the thickness of it to increase the battery size, like they did with the iPad 3. I don't mind, the iPad mini is already super thin, it can afford to bulk up a little if it means achieving the same battery life with a Retina display. Also, I imagine there will be some gain in efficiency going from the A5 to the A7, so that might help.

2. ihatesmartphone unregistered

I'm really excited! :) Just bring it on!!

14. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Seriously, do not feed this BS that they keep throwing out. Already the rumors for the next iPhone and iPad are hitting the internet. Which are just plain BS and speculation. Are they really that dissatisfied with the current release that they can only talk about next year....and NEXT next year. And not only that, but they feed the same BS about Apple, that they will finally add this or that and none of it comes true. Stop giving them a reason post this mindless drivel and hopefully focus on actual journalism. Otherwise I'm declaring that the next iPhone will also come with its own anti-gravity feature and will finally be able to take us back in time to visit Jobs (only visiting Jobs is supported for now, Apple will open the API to developers some time in the future).

3. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Retina Display: Retina Display is a brand name used by Apple for liquid crystal displays that, according to Apple, have a high enough pixel density that the human eye is unable to notice pixelation at a typical viewing distance - Wikipedia. Why increase the pixel density now if according to Apple one can't distinguish the difference ?

4. vaibhavaggarwal

Posts: 44; Member since: Jul 05, 2013

if this is true, then the iphone 6 should have an even higher ppi

6. MobileKicker

Posts: 212; Member since: Sep 19, 2013

True iPhone 6 will totally crush android Life timings: Android: till the release of iPhone 6 Blackberry: 60-70 years Apple: No ending Windows phone: less than 2 years

7. Felix_Gatto

Posts: 942; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

Dude, you're too fanatic fanboy. Apple Inc. is not a god that could last forever. All of the big companies like Apple, Samsung, Nokia, Blackberry, etc. have their golden period, but it cannot last forever.

8. spiderpig2894

Posts: 597; Member since: Jan 10, 2012

I hope the iPad 6 will be much better than the 5. The iPad is the only Apple device I really admire.

9. Felix_Gatto

Posts: 942; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

What's wrong with the iPad 5?

10. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

That's a good question, considering we know nothing about it other than what it will look like.

12. asulect

Posts: 131; Member since: Aug 27, 2012

He probably have ipad 4 and wanted to skip ipad 5.

15. spiderpig2894

Posts: 597; Member since: Jan 10, 2012

Yep. I currently have the iPad4 and I am now deciding to either get the 5 or skip to 6.

17. binary-os unregistered

It would be a noticeable upgrade to the 6 the 4 is quite future proof for another year with great support.

16. binary-os unregistered

The next version of iPad mini will be a sensation sporting a true retina quality screen as long as it is not a kings ransom I will undoubtably purchase.

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