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Report: Retina Display iPad Mini Coming This Year

A lot of the Apple rumors lately have revolved around an iWatch or the new iPhone, but what about a new iPad? Specifically, what about that iPad mini? According to the Wall Street Journal, we'll soon be treated to a brand new model of iPad mini and this one will have Apple's Retina display.

The Wall Steet Journal cites people familiar with the matter that say Apple suppliers are preparing for production of a new iPad mini that will likely launch in Q4 and utilize display panels from Samsung, Sharp, and LG (to ensure there isn't a shortage). WSJ sources say Apple is working with suppliers to produce an iPad mini with a higher resolution display and possibly different color casings. If the latter is true, it matches up with rumors regarding a cheaper iPhone available in a range of colors.

The original iPad mini was announced in November of last year and boasts a 7.9-inch display with a resolution of 1024x768 and 163 ppi. It runs on Apple's 2nd generation A5 SoC with 1 GHz dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 CPU and PowerVRSGX 543MP2 graphics. It packs 512 MB of DDR2, a 5-megapixel camera (with a 1.2-megapixel camera up front), WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, optional cellular connectivity, and up to 64 GB of storage.