Report: The next Apple iPad mini will offer improved resolution

Report: The next Apple iPad mini will offer improved resolution
According to Taiwan based sources in the backlighting industry, the next version of the Apple iPad mini is going to offer enhanced resolution. It is unknown whether or not the next variant of the 7.9 inch device will feature a Retina display, but based on the display featured on the Apple iPhone 5 and the current iteration of the Apple iPad, it would seem a pretty good bet that Apple will go ahead and sharply improve the resolution on the Apple iPad mini to meet the Retina display threshold.

According to the industry source, if the next iPad mini uses Apple's current Retina display technology, it will have to have resolution of 2058 x 1536.That would work out to a pixel density of 326 ppi. The current version of the "byte-sized" tablet has resolution of 1024 x 768 for a pixel density of 162ppi. The Apple iPad mini is competing with the 7 inch Amazon Kindle Fire HD. That tablet features resolution of 1280 x 800 for a pixel density of 216ppi. Those are the same exact specs seen on another 7 inch Android challeger to the Apple iPad mini, the Google Nexus 7.

The same source had some news about the next version of the full sized Apple iPad. According to these insiders, Apple will decrease the number of LED light bars to one from two in order to decrease the weight of the tablet.

source: Digitimes

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iPad mini
  • Display 7.9 inches
    768 x 1024 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP (Single camera)
    1.2 MP front
  • Hardware Apple A5, 0.5GB RAM
  • Storage 64GB,
  • Battery 4440 mAh
  • OS iOS 9.x



28. Dlmacklin

Posts: 2; Member since: Dec 15, 2012

see that's that BS.. apple knew what they were doing. they purposely made the mini that way because they knew they had people who would purchase it anyway. so now they have something to look forward to when it comes out with the all new glamorous screen on the next one and people are still going to go crazy over it... that's SAD!!

27. tggoulart

Posts: 24; Member since: Jun 22, 2012

*2048 x 1536

25. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

THE NEXT IPAD MINI WILL LOOK THE SAME just like the 4 previous ipad

23. Mass88

Posts: 58; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

In other news.....the sky is blue and the Pope is Catholic.

24. troutsy

Posts: 384; Member since: Feb 17, 2012

My high-level executive friend at Apple also told me that it would have a rectangular shape with rounded corners. It's like these guys have a crystal ball or something...

20. AlexYouOC

Posts: 53; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

How many times is Apple going to add a Retina display and try to pass it off as "new" and "revolutionary" ?! All they do is make a product and a year later slap a retina display on it and people go nuts The only time Retina was amazing was when it was introduced on the iPhone 4. I had never seen anything like it, almost made me wanna sell my Evo 4G lol. When the hell is Apple gonna do something besides add Retina and slightly newer processors??

22. TheLibertine

Posts: 484; Member since: Jan 15, 2012

When the hell is the competiton?... There is no "revolutionary" anymore, only "evolutionary" for now.

19. rabih_z

Posts: 45; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

soooo expected from Apple...

18. kdealltheway

Posts: 94; Member since: Oct 21, 2012

And the crowd went: hooray

16. Topcat488

Posts: 1424; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

New Retina for the next ipad mini 2... Just a little bigger battery for the ipad mini 3... Buy now!

15. ocilfa

Posts: 334; Member since: Aug 03, 2012

It better be 4k. 586ppi seems pretty reasonable nowadays.

26. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

4K u can only get on BIG SCREEN TVS not a TINY WIMPY screen

13. yajia1

Posts: 151; Member since: Aug 22, 2012

SHOCKING!.... Not! They could have done it on the first gen anyways! But it's Apple, they want to juice people's money at the highest profit they can get from cheap hardware. If they are going to offer it mid-year 2013. Competition, obviously, would have gone better. If they have offered it now with the same price tag, I would have bought one in an instant. It's the screen you get to use all the time in a tablet right? Screen needs to be the best feature. Now, I'm thorn between iPad4 and Nexus10. People, please advice. When they are on the same price (16GB, WiFi only) at $500, would you recommend Nexus10 or iPad4?

21. TheLibertine

Posts: 484; Member since: Jan 15, 2012

With equal hardware, its all about the software. I own an iPad 3 and would prefer a Nexus 10, but that's only because iOS is getting boring after a while. Just read about Android Jelly Bean vs iOS 6 and decide, what's yours. You can't be wrong with either. Also consider an iPad mini or Nexus 7. They don't have bad screens by ANY way, just don't compare with 250+ ppi directly.

11. jed27

Posts: 65; Member since: Jun 09, 2012


10. techguy22

Posts: 227; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

let me guess it will 1280x720 ? lol course its gonna be 2 years behind

9. Awaragardiyan unregistered

Retina display , ha ha , thats the only thing apple does.

8. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

first gen owners may feel ripped off

7. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Apple fans will buy all things apple. They can make their retina ipad mini every one is expecting that to be release in the new 6 month product cycle.

6. wendygarett unregistered

I'm ready my savings :)

14. kartik4u98

Posts: 511; Member since: May 19, 2012

You are always ready for your savings!


Posts: 63; Member since: Jul 20, 2012


3. Reluctant_Human

Posts: 914; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

This just in eating Taco Bell gives you Taco farts.. Just another one of those things that everyone knew as soon as they announced the current specs of the ipad mini.

1. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010 think it would have been intelligent if they just had the resolution better on the first mini?

2. datsyuk

Posts: 180; Member since: Jan 11, 2012

How are they gonna sell it again then in 6 months ;D

4. JeffdaBeat unregistered

Judging from the rumors, it seemed as if there was trouble getting enough Retina Displays ready for the launch. We saw the demand was pretty high for the first month or so. I do think it was pretty rotten to release a new device without the better resolution, but if this is true, the only other alternative would have been to wait it out and no sell an iPad mini at all. It would have been a bad decision to skip the holiday season.

12. PhenomFaz

Posts: 1236; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

I have a feeling thats about the only improvement it'll offer!

17. neutralguy

Posts: 1152; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

nooo. of course they'll put the left overs of the A6 processors! :))

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