Next iPad mini expected to feature Retina Display

By Jesse ยท 16 replies
May 7, 2013
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  1. Apple is preparing a Retina version of the iPad mini for release in the third quarter of 2013, according to DisplaySearch NPD analyst Richard Shim. This is not the first time we are hearing about a Retina-equipped mini, however Shim's...

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  2. This **** is getting old about apple, releasing a version of an Ipad, and adding FEATURES that technology is capable of integrating in the first product in the second and this way making people buy the future product. This is the most blatantly discourageful marketing I have ever seen in history. Apple is the most overpriced company and abusive to its customers. Its like releasing a PS3 with capability of up to only 2 players. Then a year later releasing a PS3 with capability of connecting up to 4 controllers, making it 4 players, seriously? Is this the GREAT INNOVATION 2012 Award that apple received, because of things like this?
  3. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,670   +1,954

    At the previous disgruntled post first - Apple does it in tandem with the rest of the market.

    Retina word is getting old now, while Apple offers "Retina" products with PPI worse than the competition. If they don't go for higher PPI with the new iPad Mini, then it becomes hypocritical to even use the word Retina. They need to squeeze the same resolution as on 9.8" iPad into the new iPad Mini 7.9". Although I would understand if they were to make it exactly 1080P.

    I have been using iPad 4 for the last 6 month now, and am quite happy about quality of the product.
  4. The rest of the market? Who is this please enlighten me because if its android, sony, hp, toshiba.. then you are completely off

    I just got done selling my Iphone 4s and bought a Sony Xperia Z. This has to be the most efficient smartphone purchase I ever did. Why did I do this? Simple. I looked at the iphone 5! Waited 1 year for it, oh what did it have that my 4s didnt have? Extra few inches screen size, same resolution, A little bit faster, my 4s never lagged, NEVER, so this wasnt a improvement either. Same Camera, and Same IOS, ? Ok ok. Lets waait for Iphone 5s! Oh wait, Rumor is its going to be a shitty updated Iphone 5 aimed at the budgeted low consumers in the smartphone market, making it a low priced Iphone 5s that is affordable to the AKA Poor.
  5. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,890   +1,224

    Actually, Guest, Apple took a bunch of criticism when the mini came out because the screen wasn't 'retina' That and the iPhone 5 not being much different was the start of their stock price's decline I think.

    The iPhone 5 finally had 4G, only 2.5 years after the rest of the market. This is part of the 'charm' of Apple. They only give you what you need when you need it. Now stop your complaining and go get in line.
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  6. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,274

    To hell with the iPad, it's the Saturn 5 booster in the pic that interests me more.
  7. m4a4

    m4a4 TS Evangelist Posts: 955   +515

    Should've been "retina" from the beginning. But apple decided that would cut into it's already high profits too much...
  8. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar Elite Techno Geek Posts: 6,515   +974

    My iPhone 5 has a resolution of 1136x640. How is that retina by any stretch? They should have at least made it 720P. On the other hand. I heard that the next iPad mini was not gonna get a retina display from numerous other sites.
  9. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 3,147   +915

    Its only 4 inchs, the PPI is 326 which is high enough that when viewed from a normal viewing distance your eyes cannot differentiate the difference between the pixels, a higher res would just be a waste to be honest. Other phones with higher res is usually to compensate for the bigger screen, A higher PPI isn't really necessary especially on bigger screens as you naturally hold them further away from your eyes.
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  10. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar Elite Techno Geek Posts: 6,515   +974

    Oh, I forgot about the PPI (not sarcasm)! My bad.
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  11. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TS Evangelist Posts: 2,922   +630

    Here we go: mini gets same resolution as big brother. iPad gets released with a higher-res screen with Retina2. The world goes crazy. USA hands over government to Apple.
  12. yukka

    yukka TechSpot Paladin Posts: 861   +67

    Good. I want an iPad and the mini form factor is desirable but the non-retina display puts me off. Not sure about a new model 6 months or less later but whatever. I have my iphone 5 (first iphone since a 3G and a windows phone the last 2.5 years) and I am very happy with it. Not owned an android, don't see the difference between google evil and apple evil to be honest. iPhone 5 is very cool and does everything I can think I want a phone to do right now.
  13. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar Elite Techno Geek Posts: 6,515   +974

    lol. The next leap is 4K. They wont deploy that till 1) we get better batteries 2) we get faster internet (better infrastructure) to handle 4k content. Also, the new high res iPad was just released a year and a half back and forced developers to optimise their apps (also the iPhone 5), they dont want to create another frenzy for a while. But, they are gonna have to make a high resolution phone soon to compete, and thus it will bring up the need for developers to optimise their apps yet again.
  14. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TS Evangelist Posts: 2,922   +630


    The problem is the fragmentation. Apple prided itself on the one resolution of iPhones and the exact double iPad. Now we have iPhone3(x1), iPhone4(x2), ipad(x4), retina iPad(x8), iPad mini(x4) and the ridiculous iPhone5(x1.2347934y5345).

    If the retina mini doesn't fall nicely into these existing resolutions, developers are gonna have a bad time. (meme intended)
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  15. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar Elite Techno Geek Posts: 6,515   +974

    The iPad Mini took on a 1366x768 resolution. I am guessing the new one may have a 1920x1200 or 1920x1080, or even higher. Developers are gonna have a tough time since they are gonna have to expect a new iPhone incoming to compete with Android.
  16. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TS Evangelist Posts: 2,922   +630

    This says mini has 768 x 1024. Which is the same as original iPad and why it makes so much sense. All apps worked flawlessly and it's the exact same device as an iPad from a software perspective.
  17. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar Elite Techno Geek Posts: 6,515   +974

    Wow, I remember reading it was 1366x768. I guess I Was wrong (or the source had it wrong)!

    Edit: Apple site confirms your findings:

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