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What will a "Retina" display mean for the iPad mini 2?

0. phoneArena posted on 09 Oct 2013, 10:09

There has been a lot of talk about the iPad mini 2 and the fact that all signs are now pointing to the second generation mini iOS tablet having a so-called "Retina" display. When we first started hearing rumors about the iPad mini 2, the consensus was that the device would not have a Retina display, and the newer rumors are making it look like the tablet should not have one...

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posted on 09 Oct 2013, 10:12 9

1. Kurai (unregistered)

it will have more pixels, and apple will call it resolutionary. . . !

posted on 09 Oct 2013, 11:03 9

12. Shatter (Posts: 2036; Member since: 29 May 2013)

Retina is garbage on the phone market, it will be garbage as android tablets switch to 2k displays and apple stays at their current resume.

posted on 09 Oct 2013, 13:09 4

37. DukeX (Posts: 327; Member since: 28 Aug 2013)

Lol exactly. Iphone is only getting away with a nice looking screen because it's so small of course they can pack a lot of pixels on it. I wish Apple would make a 4.8 inch iphone with a 640P screen and call it revolutionary.

posted on 13 Oct 2013, 12:09

67. MobileKicker (Posts: 212; Member since: 19 Sep 2013)

You are all fools
Retina is brighter than any display

The display on my sgs4 is garbage
Means super amoled is garbage

posted on 09 Oct 2013, 11:26

18. jonatankarter (Posts: 5; Member since: 21 Dec 2011)

Jaja! I see what you did there. Very clever indeed!

posted on 13 Oct 2013, 12:10

68. MobileKicker (Posts: 212; Member since: 19 Sep 2013)

This is just your 3rd post dude calm down

posted on 09 Oct 2013, 11:36 9

21. akki20892 (Posts: 3902; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)

What will a "Retina" display mean for the iPad mini 2?

Answer: Nothing

posted on 09 Oct 2013, 11:41

22. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1888; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)

Pretty much. I don't even remember the last time I give 2 sh*t about my HDTV's image haha

posted on 09 Oct 2013, 12:09 6

27. squallz506 (banned) (Posts: 1075; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)

This article states that the s4 is the PPI leader. Wrong! The HTC one is.

And I bet my 2013 n7 will have a higher PPI than the iPad mini 2.

posted on 09 Oct 2013, 16:28 3

53. Caralho (Posts: 119; Member since: 18 Jun 2012)

It will mean an obscenely high price point...

posted on 09 Oct 2013, 17:54

58. underbc (Posts: 22; Member since: 28 Nov 2012)

something truly new ..
because they pixels are different of other any pixels .. something that will change the world ..

it's gonna be the NEW RETINA

posted on 09 Oct 2013, 10:13

2. Eonnaydra (Posts: 217; Member since: 23 Oct 2012)

The display is not just about the number of PPI,it is about many other things like brightness,color calibration where the Apple's lcds are the best.
C'mon Apple,just release the iPad Mini with A7X and Retina.

posted on 09 Oct 2013, 10:28 5

5. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)

iPad Mini 2 will definitely not have a A7X chip I can guarantee you that. The iPad 4/5 sales will be cannibalized if they did.

posted on 09 Oct 2013, 16:15

52. ardent1 (Posts: 2000; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)

Because of the smaller screen, the mini doesn't need all that horsepower; however, it would be nice to futureproof the device with a 64-bit processor.

I have the mini and iPad 2 and I use them differently; for gaming, I like the larger screen; however for daily use, the smaller and lighter mini is the go to machine. That may all change with the new iPad.

posted on 09 Oct 2013, 17:30

57. grahaman27 (Posts: 361; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)

Read the article- it would if it used a retina display.

posted on 09 Oct 2013, 19:21

60. DaHarder (Posts: 177; Member since: 10 Oct 2009)

Enough With This "Future Proofing' Nonsense.

The ONLY way that buying an Apple device currently utilizing the A7 SoC would be 'future proof' is if there was some way to add RAM to the device at a later date, which is simply NOT possible.

Apple's use of 64bit architecture at this point is primarily for bragging rights/marketing to the ignorant as it offers little-to-no performance benefits on their curent iOS lineup, none of which have more than 1gb RAM.

As for the iPad Mini, which currently has but 512mb RAM, its positioning within Apple's product hierarchy essentially assures that it will NOT feature the A7 SoC... More likely would be the A6/A6x, which (at the time of its announcement last year) was also touted as being 'future proof'. *rolls eyes*

Additionally: It can also be expected that the current iPad Mini, which uses the iPad 2 A5 SoC with 512mb of RAM, will not even be hardware compatible with next year's iOS 8, meaning that its update lifespan wasn't even 2 years... That's some seriously premature obsolescence.

posted on 09 Oct 2013, 20:39

62. Napalm_3nema (Posts: 2236; Member since: 14 Jun 2013)

Arguments that the 64-bit A7 SoC is just a marketing gimmick is for the ignorant who only understand what shallow tech sites tell them. Even Qualcomm has come out and corrected their marketing director. Addressable RAM is hardly the "Be All, End All" of 64-bit OSes.

As for your predictions, I'm guessing that they are somewhere in the neighborhood of the boasts of the Kim Dynasty of North Korea: Guesses with no basis in reality.

posted on 10 Oct 2013, 00:45

65. saiki4116 (Posts: 404; Member since: 31 Mar 2011)

Really.. 2 tablets..

posted on 09 Oct 2013, 10:40 2

7. NexusPhan (Posts: 632; Member since: 11 Jul 2013)

I hate the retina term. PA stop spewing Apple's garbage and do some research please. Stop the lies.


posted on 09 Oct 2013, 11:16 4

16. Shatter (Posts: 2036; Member since: 29 May 2013)

Retina on the iphone is a fail because they stopped updating it.

Iphone 5, 5C and 5S: 1136x640 or 727040 pixels.

Any phone 5" android flagship since around this time last year has been 1920x1080 which is 2073600 pixels or 440ppi on a 5" display. If the iphone was keeping up with screen technology and was 1080p it would have 550PPI.

The only reason the iphone wins in onscreen graphics test compared to a snapdragon 800 is because android phones are pushing 2.85x more pixels which on a PC game would be around half the FPS on the same setup.

posted on 09 Oct 2013, 10:18 3

3. Atlas (Posts: 158; Member since: 15 Apr 2012)

Absolutely nothing, besides to sell it to the people who think retina display means something nowadays.

posted on 09 Oct 2013, 12:49 3

33. bucky (Posts: 3100; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)

Kinda the same way octa core and 5" 1080p phone screens, huh?

posted on 09 Oct 2013, 10:28

4. Googler (Posts: 813; Member since: 10 Jun 2013)

Looking beyond the Retina name and simply referring to high res. screens, I'd vote yes for the Mini having one. If people can get used to high res. screens on phones, and iOS runs the same on phones and tablets, why not? Developers need to get out of their comfort zones and step up to the new standards, there's plenty of money to be made by doing so.

posted on 09 Oct 2013, 10:33

6. fistigons (Posts: 353; Member since: 11 Feb 2012)

I am going to be poor this holiday season. iPad mini 2 for my wife. Nexus 5 for me. Need a new laptop maybe a gaming one. I would love to get a windows tablet but I'm going to hold off on that because nothing is out that impresses me. Though dell does have some upcoming 8.1 tablets that are pretty close to what I want.

posted on 09 Oct 2013, 10:43 1

8. joaolx (Posts: 364; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)

The usability problem is not a good argument. When the iPad 3 came out with the Retina display the pixel density doubled but the UI stayed the same. Nothing got smaller with Retina in iOS. Why would that change? btw the HTC One is the device with the highest ppi to date with 468ppi and not the SGS4 441ppi.

posted on 09 Oct 2013, 10:53 1

10. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)

Nope. Web browsing on the iPad 3/4 is substantially different than on the iPad 2. And the current leader in PPI is 492 or 493, a phone that was announced last week.

posted on 09 Oct 2013, 10:50 9

9. 90ninjas (unregistered)

I like that they completely glossed over the fact that the HTC One is a popular device that has a pixel density of 468. Good job Phone Arena.

posted on 09 Oct 2013, 10:54 2

11. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)



posted on 09 Oct 2013, 11:08 1

14. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)

Probably because suck T C sucks and nonoine really gives a crap about it besides some websites run by Samsung haters and HTC fans.

Most articles cater to people that know HTC sucks so they can safely leave them out of every and all conversations.

posted on 09 Oct 2013, 12:11 5

28. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)


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