iPad mini Maybe the iPad Mini NOT having Retina helps Distinguish it Vs. Big Ipad?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by HeyGreggie, Jan 8, 2013.

  1. macrumors 65816


    Oct 8, 2011
    ...Im curious to know from most of you all (this isn't some opinion I based off fact at all I'm sorry..)

    But what if the ipad mini doesnt get retina in order to distinguish the gap between the mini, and it's big brother?

    Dont get me wrong, I'm waiting for a retina screen ipad, but I've been reading other forums, including this one full of people like myself trying to hold out.. but would Apple actually go and make the mini RETINA, and have their customers torn? Especially when it's history that they lag behind on certain specs for newer models of things?

    I just feel like the ipad mini will forever be behind and not MATCH the big one.. The big one will probably get A7... the mini will get A6, etc, but no retina.. but once again I'm no pro...

    Anyone mind putting their thoughts on this?
  2. macrumors G3

    Jul 23, 2002
    Sol III - Terra
    Does the Mini really need to be Retina? It already has a pretty decent PPI.

    The Mini has a higher PPI than an iPad 2, which leads me to the question of have you looked and used an iPad Mini at all? Or are you just asking for Retina, because Retina is a "must have" buzz word?

    Will you actually buy a Retina Minni? or will you agonize over what Apple might add next to the Mini if/when a Retina Mini comes out?

    If you need it buy it. If not, don't worry about it.
  3. macrumors 603


    Aug 4, 2011
    It's PPI is garbage. It's very pixelated. Yes I've used it. It's a noticeably crappy compared to the iPhone or iPad 3.

    Really like the size and feel in hands though. Aiming for an iPad Mini 3-ish.
  4. macrumors 6502a


    May 12, 2010
    I feel it is pretty obvious the next mini will be: The New iPad Mini with Retina Display. It seems natural that by the end of this year or even next all Apple product lines (ok maybe not iPod nano) will tout this feature. It is becoming a brand recognition selling point for them.

    If they keep the iPad Mini at the current resolution, or bump it up but not tout it as Retina display they are not keeping ahead of the Android competitors and what other selling feature could they tout on the next Mini other than being 2x faster because they can't really make it anymore thin or light.
  5. macrumors G3

    Jul 4, 2007
    Atlanta, GA
    I would say yes, because browser text is smaller on the Mini and Retina would help that.
  6. flavr, Jan 8, 2013
    Last edited: Jan 8, 2013

    macrumors 6502

    Nov 9, 2011
    "PIXELATED"? Lets keep in mind people that the gorgeous 27inch imac has only 109 ppi while the ipad mini has 163 ppi

    I returned my iPad 4 for my mini, the screen looks good to me! Its not retina good but very good none the less, and i certainly wouldn't call it pixelated. retina is nice but not a must have for me...Id rather have more RAM but thats a different thread all together...meanwhile, im enjoying the heck out of my mini
  7. macrumors G3

    Jul 4, 2007
    Atlanta, GA
    I sit further away from my MBP than I do my iPad and I can still see that the text is a bit pixelated. If Apple releases a Retina iMac, text on the regular screen will look pixelated by comparison.
  8. macrumors 6502

    Nov 9, 2011
    Just because something that looks good is eclipsed by something that looks great doesn't make what looked good look any less good than it did before...
  9. macrumors 6502

    Jan 10, 2010
    Fine, then it shouldn't carry the premium price that should only be associated with something great.
  10. macrumors G3

    Jul 4, 2007
    Atlanta, GA
    No, but pixelated is still pixelated.
  11. macrumors 6502a

    Jan 1, 2012
    its not ****ing pixelated, you people who seem to think it is must hold it 6 inches away from your face. the screen looks great as it is, and if they added retina the screen would have the highest pixel density of any iPad, which isnt going to happen
  12. macrumors 6502

    Mar 4, 2008
    IMO - A retina screen is the only feature missing.
    What else could they possibly add to make it a must have?
    A better chip? Who cares. Not sexy enough.
    It will get the better screen.
    It needs retina more than you think.
  13. macrumors regular

    Oct 27, 2010
    Ontario, Canada
  14. macrumors G3

    Jul 4, 2007
    Atlanta, GA
    Yes it is, and no I dont.
  15. macrumors 68030


    Oct 8, 2008
    Albany, NY
    Agreed, I think the screen looks great.
  16. macrumors member

    Dec 10, 2012
    It's something that you only notice with iPad 3/4 and iPad Mini side by side, otherwise the iPad Mini resolution and PPI are good enough.

    Not that bad like iPad 2 was.
  17. macrumors 6502a

    Jan 1, 2012
    when i put my phone down and went back to my ipad 2 it was noticeable. whereas its jut not with the mini

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