Apple’s (AAPL) Next iPad Mini with Retina Display in Development?

A fresh report from Taiwanese publication DigiTimes claims that Apple (AAPL)’s next-generation iPad mini could boast a higher resolution display.

The first 7.9-inch generation iPad that features only a 132 pixels per inch [ppi] screen, compared to the to 3rd and 4th-gen 9.7-inch iPad’s 264ppi, didn’t launch with a Retina display.

According to DigiTimes, whose sources didn’t specify whether or not this new iPad mini would use Apple’s Retina Display technology, it is highly likely that based on the development of past Apple products such as the iPhone and 9.7-inch iPad series, a HiDPI display is the next step for the mini.

If the rumors are true, the iPad mini with Retina display would feature a 325ppi screen, which is higher in terms of pixel-density than the full-size iPad’s 264 ppi, with a resolution of 2,048 by 1,536 pixels.

DigiTimes, which says its information comes from sources within backlighting industry sources, also claims that the next version of the 9.7-inch iPad will be lighter as Apple will “restructure the lighting of the [product] from two LED light bars to one in order to decrease the device’s overall weight.”

While Digitimes has had a mixed record in the past, 9to5mac notes that the site does have “a credible track record in regards to the technologies that power the displays in Apple’s products.”

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