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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.

  • kawininjazx
    I didn't see this coming at all, when the Mini first came out, I never ever thought to myself "They didn't put a Retina display in it just so they can put one in the next one to make it seem better."
  • The_Trutherizer
    I don't get it. My S4's screen is smaller than that and has a higher resolution. Is the retina standard getting old now?
  • stormblade42
    This is the problem I have with Apple. They build a product that could be so much more but they choose to withhold features for future "upgrades". Their greed is their undoing which is why the Android featured companies have gained and surpassed them, in certain aspects.
  • subaru41
    Apple releases the first gen, and holds back certain features so they can bring out the same product within a year with the upgrades to maximize their profit because they have nothing else to add until anroid comes out with features they can copy.
  • eklipz330
    you guys honestly believe apple is the only company guilt of using old hardware on new products? samsung is probably the biggest culprit... just look at the differences between the galaxy tab 1 2 and 3
  • weierstrass
    Every company does that, for low end product you wait for the price of the components to sink first which is very logical. What else do you expect Apple to do? On their high end product there were the first to use high resolution displays.
  • CheesyHotDogPuff
    Let the hype train begin.
  • pacomac
    At the time the iPad Mini was released a 2048x1536 pixel screen on an 8" device was pretty much cutting edge. They couldn't power that size screen from an A5 chip and cram a big enough battery in there to give the standar 10 hours of battery life. At the time they had little choice as the Mini wasn't a premium device.
  • Joshua Boram
    If Apple does release the Retina iPad mini, ill be buying it. There no sense in buying an iPad if it doesn't have a Retina display. Fairly funny though, because I recently saw that Hawaiian Airlines just bought 1500 non retinas for their Airplanes. Maybe Apple gave them a good deal before the Retina will come - I dont know, but im really glad that I have an iPad. Hawiian Airlines wants to charge a crazy $17 bucks a flight for using the iPad Mini. That seems crazy. Ill just wait and buy the iPad retina as soon as it comes out! lol...