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Old Nov 7, 2012, 09:25 AM   #1
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AU Optronics Developing Retina Display for Second-Generation iPad Mini?




SlashGear reports on an article [Google translation] from Chinese site DoNews claiming that Apple's iPad mini display partner AU Optronics has a Retina-resolution display in the pipeline for the next generation of the device, which is expected to be launched next year. There has been considerable discussion about how quickly Apple might be able to move to a Retina display in the device, and today's report suggests that Apple may not have to wait several generations to make the jump as it did with its other iOS devices.

A separate report from MENAFN claims that AU Optronics will be adopting indium gallium zinc oxide (IGZO) and Gate IC on array (GOA) technologies in order to reach the Retina resolution in a thin design required for the iPad mini.
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It is said that ultrahigh resolution can not be developed without the technology of indium gallium zinc oxide (IGZO), and the technology of Gate IC on array (GOA) is also indispensable since the next-generation iPad Mini will have an ultra-narrow frame. The technology of GOA helps save the room of IC on the rim and narrow the frame of the screen to the largest extent.

Speaking of the progress of the development of iPad Mini, AUO claimed that it had solved the problem of yield and there would be no light leak as existed before. The company would ship the products in large scale in the fourth quarter.
One major issue with both of the reports is confusion over the pixel density on these panels. Both reports claim that the Retina-level iPad mini display would carry a density of 497 pixels per inch (ppi), whereas such a display would actually have the same 326 ppi seen on the last several generations of the iPhone. MENAFN also misstates the density of the full-size iPad's display as 326 ppi, while DoNews correctly lists it as 264 ppi.

Article Link: AU Optronics Developing Retina Display for Second-Generation iPad Mini?
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Old Nov 7, 2012, 09:26 AM   #2
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Either way; I'm waiting for the Retina Mini.
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Old Nov 7, 2012, 09:28 AM   #3
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I'm not surprised, Retina is the lifeline of Apple, a upcoming Mini should have that.
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Old Nov 7, 2012, 09:28 AM   #4
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Old Nov 7, 2012, 09:46 AM   #5
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Either way; I'm waiting for the Retina Mini.
I wouldn't count on that as Apple just moved the release time for the iPad and mini to the fall. Just as they did with the iPhone pushing it from June to September.
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Old Nov 7, 2012, 09:47 AM   #6
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Old Nov 7, 2012, 10:47 AM   #7
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iPad Mini with Retina: $349
iPad Mini (1st generation): $249
I don't think they would raise their price, they almost never raise the price for new features, only lower it. In some cases they don't lower it they keep it the same, like every new generation of iPad.
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Old Nov 7, 2012, 10:55 AM   #8
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iPad Mini with Retina: $349
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I think something like this will happen although I think the iPad Mini with Retina, A6 and 1GB of Ram will only be around $50 cheaper than the full size iPad.

For the people that think Apple will wait until next fall to release the next Mini, you must really believe the Apple TV is coming out in March/April. There is no way Apple is going to go a whole year without releasing a big product. Now that I think about it, the Apple TV doesn't even count since it will cost more than most people are willing to pay and you can't easily wait in line to pick one up.
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Old Nov 7, 2012, 09:52 AM   #9
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I wouldn't count on that as Apple just moved the release time for the iPad and mini to the fall. Just as they did with the iPhone pushing it from June to September.
Well, the 4th gen iPad was more a spec refresh so the CPU/GPU could keep up with the Retina. You could tell that since Apple only spend like 5 minutes talking about it. I wouldn't be surprise if the iPad 5th gen comes in March and then goes back to its one year cycle. The Mini refresh in Oct. it wouldn't really make sense for Apple to have all their big products in Sept/Oct and nothing for the rest of the year.
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Old Nov 7, 2012, 09:58 AM   #10
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Either way; I'm waiting for the Retina Mini.
That could be the 3rd generation of iPad mini, Apple sucks your good money slowly
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Old Nov 7, 2012, 11:57 AM   #11
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either way; i'm waiting for the retina mini. :d
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Either way; I'm waiting for the Retina Mini.
That makes two of us!!!
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Either way; I'm waiting for the Retina Mini.
Yep. The two things that made the mini a damp sqib: screen and processor compared to the 4.
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Old Nov 8, 2012, 02:46 AM   #14
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I was talking to a friend today who made me realize something I would have never considered since I don't have kids. The school his daughter goes to is implementing a system where every child gets an ipad and will no longer have to carry around heavy books in their heavy backpacks. Initially the school was slated to purchase the $399 iPad 2... Here comes the $329 iPad Mini. And guess what the school is doing? Yes.... saving $70 per ipad and having an even smaller, lighter and sufficient tablet for the kids to work with. I can honestly bet that the school can care less about Pixel Density or whether the screens are retina or not. With this mentality, the iPad mini will be an ideal "E-School Book" for many private schools such as my friend mentioned.

Apply this to corporations, government agencies and many business... who will also not care about a retina display.

It seems that it's only MacRumors members and Gizmodo readers that are making such a big deal out of this.
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Old Nov 8, 2012, 08:50 AM   #15
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I am the only one in here who holds his iPad just as close as I hold any smartphone? Therefore, in my opinion, tablets should not have lower PPI value than smartphones.
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Old Nov 8, 2012, 11:29 AM   #16
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Old Nov 9, 2012, 02:35 AM   #17
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I can honestly bet that the school can care less about Pixel Density or whether the screens are retina or not.

Apply this to corporations, government agencies and many business... who will also not care about a retina display.

It seems that it's only MacRumors members and Gizmodo readers that are making such a big deal out of this.
Schools, corps, govt agencies, and businesses have to manage budget to please their shareholders/sponsors/taxpayers/whatevers. Functionality is managed with cost to be 'good enough' or 'fit for purpose'.

But when I'm shelling out my money I want more than that, because I'm worth it!
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Old Nov 13, 2012, 01:51 PM   #18
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Schools, corps, govt agencies, and businesses have to manage budget to please their shareholders/sponsors/taxpayers/whatevers. Functionality is managed with cost to be 'good enough' or 'fit for purpose'.

But when I'm shelling out my money I want more than that, because I'm worth it!
Yes, you're worth it. I was just pointing out a different spectrum since most apple users believe that Apple is making products specifically for them.
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Well it's about time the iPad mini get the retina display. Seriously, why did Apple release the mini without it?
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Old Nov 7, 2012, 09:29 AM   #20
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The next mini comes in April with Retina display.
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The next mini comes in April with Retina display.


I agree with this. And the iPad 5th gen
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I agree with this. And the iPad 5th gen
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I agree with this. And the iPad 5th gen
I hope your right about the 5th gen iPad! I'm on iPad 2 and want the new one, but want to wait and see if they put the new anti reflective imac screen design into the ipad. And if they can make it a bit thinner and lighter and a bit faster, but keep battery life about the same then it will be a great update.
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The next mini comes in April with Retina display.
Please don't say that. I just ordered mine last night for pick-up today. But I wouldn't be surprised if they do release iPad 5 and iPad Mini 2 during WWDC.
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Please don't say that. I just ordered mine last night for pick-up today. But I wouldn't be surprised if they do release iPad 5 and iPad Mini 2 during WWDC.

This scares me as well. As long as I can sell my current mini for a fair price, i'll sell and get the new one for sure. A retina display is really in major need on this thing.
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