Apple (AAPL)’s next-generation iPad mini may feature a Retina-class display panel with higher pixel density than that of the fourth-generation iPad, investment news service BrightWire reports.
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.
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