Citing supply chain sources of Chinese language news website My Drivers, the report notes that Apple’s upcoming iPad Mini tablet, dubbed the “iPad mini 2″, will feature a 7.9-inch Retina display with a resolution set at 2048 x 1536 pixels – giving it an overall pixel density of 324 pixels per inch [ppi].
If true, the resolution on the device will be 4x that of the current iPad mini and match the overall resolution of the larger 9.7 inch 264 ppi iPad 4 but in a smaller 7.9 inch package. For comparison, the original iPad mini delivered a resolution of just 1024 x 798 pixels, or 163 ppi.
Screen production of the purported iPad mini 2 is said to be already in the piloting stage by AU Optronics, suggesting a commercial launch is just around the corner. In addition, the new iPad mini is said to be equipped with an A5X dual-core processor, whose quad-core GPU tends to make the device’s HD Retina screen functions much more manageable.
Timing of a Retina mini, which has been the number one topic of criticism for the device – both before and after launch, remains unclear. However, rumors from sources inside Apple’s supply chain in recent months have suggested an iPad mini 2 launch around October. Apple will supposedly launch a 5th-generation full size iPad around the same time.