iOS 7 Beta Suggests Non-Retina A6-Powered iPad Mini in Development

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    According to the iOS 7 beta, Apple is testing a new iPad mini model that includes an A6 chip -- the same as the current iPhone 5 -- and a non-retina display, reports 9to5Mac.

    The information was sent to the site by developer Nick Frey, who found the details inside a file that lists all the iOS devices that support iOS 7. The A6 processor would be a logical upgrade for the iPad mini, advancing its main processing chip to the next generation.

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    Current iPad mini models are nicknamed '2,5'; '2,6'; and '2,7'. 9to5Mac also notes that the models don't include references to '@2x' code that relates to Retina-display supported artwork -- that code is included in the iPhone 5 and the fourth-generation iPad, leading the site to conclude that the new mini will not include a Retina display.

    KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has vacillated in recent months over Apple's plans for the iPad mini, most recently saying that a Retina-equipped device would launch sometime in March or April of 2014, with Apple not planning to upgrade the device at all until that time.

    It's possible that this non-retina iPad mini is merely a device in testing, but while Kuo has a strong track record, it's always possible that Apple could change product release plans at the last minute.

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    Really hope the retina mini does come out soon. I have been waiting and waiting. :apple:
     
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    I won't be buying an iPad Mini until it has a retina display.
     
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    And sadly, they will still sell more than the new Nexus 7. Sucks to be an Apple fan sometimes.
     
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    These are going to sell like hot cacks.

    Pun very much intended.
     
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    I like this because I won't hate mine as quickly as I would have if the new one was retina.
     
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    That's just sad if the Nexus 7 will have a beautiful display an entire year before the Mini gets one in 2014.
     
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    Sad, SO SAD! The next Gen. iPad mini will be rubbish without retina!
     
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    Can someone tell me if a retina ipad mini would have a higher ppi than the new nexus 7? That is if it has the same 2048x1536 resolution, but on the 7.9inch display..
     
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    Release the kraken!

    but seriously the way apple positioned ipad mini as underpowered than the full ipad is a bit disappointing. I know its all about marketing and product positioning, but still the ipad mini can be as productive as the full ipad.
     
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    Mh.. if that's true I'm gonna buy a Nexus 7. But I'll wait till Sept/Oct for the event just to be sure.
     
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    How is it sad? A tablet is more than a display. More than hardware in general in fact.
     
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    Wut?
     
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    It is sad. It is all about the economy of scales, I suppose. Apple sells how many minis each quarter? Asus doesn't have to produce as many Google Nexus 7, so they can go HD. Apple could produce a retina, but then it would be in smaller numbers, and it would always be sold out.

    I think it sucks for Apple too; I don't think they don't want to give us a retina one. Look at what happened to the new iMac; Apple couldn't make enough of them because of shortage of the new laminated displays.
     
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    I guess both will be available - Retina as the top model, the old one as the entry model.
     
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    The sad part is that iOS 7 looks like crap on a non-retina display. On iOS 6, this would no doubt be a very capable device, but with iOS 7 (which will be what it ships with)… not so much.
     
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    guess i will be waiting until march 2014 then. im not buying a non retina mini.
     
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    Luk it up.
     
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    If there is no retina mini I may just pick up a full size retina ipad.

    I love my mini but I really want that retina display.
     
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    The iPad Mini already uses a 32nm A5. Going to a 32nm A6 would be a more power hungry SoC. You'd think they'd at least go to a 28nm A6 shrink especially if their planning to make the iPad Mini even smaller as rumoured.
     

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