Next iPad Mini to Have Retina Display?

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    While critics loved the iPad mini, the biggest complaint concerned the device's screen, which does not have a Retina resolution like Apple's larger iPad.

    Retina seems like a logical update for Apple's second generation iPad mini, and a report from Digitimes today says that Apple is indeed planning to increase the resolution of its next iPad mini.
    Adding a Retina display to a device as thin as the iPad mini could be a tricky prospect, possibly requiring a large battery and a more robust processor, as it did when Apple introduced the Retina display to the full-sized iPad. This restriction has led notable technology site AnandTech to predict that the next iPad mini won't come with a Retina display, as stated in the site's iPad mini review.

    Digitimes adds that the next generation 9.7-inch iPad will be lighter due to new LED light bar technology that will incorporate just one light bar instead of the two that are currently in the third and fourth generation iPads. While Digitimes has had a mixed record in the past, it's clear that they do have sources in Apple's supply chain.

    Article Link: Next iPad Mini to Have Retina Display?
  2. macrumors 6502

    Aug 18, 2011
    A lack of one still hasn't bothered me. If anything it's better w/o one since it doesn't drain a gigantic battery which would take an eternity to charge. A la iPad 3/4
  3. macrumors 601


    Dec 8, 2011
    East Central Florida
    of course it will, don't know if i will be able to resist
  4. macrumors member

    Nov 30, 2012
    You're kidding. no...really!? When did MacRumors hire Captain Obvious as a source?
  5. Guest

    Dec 7, 2010
    Even though its DigitTimes...

    How could the iPad mini not have a retina display? Its literally the only it needs to become an amazing device.
  6. macrumors 68000

    Mar 6, 2008
    I think we all know the next iPad Mini will have a Retina display..
  7. macrumors 6502a

    Nov 5, 2010
    It almost seems as a given at this point. Although having owned an iPad Mini for a few days, the screen doesn't bother at all. I cranked up the brightness and the screen looks quite fine to me, granted not anything to write home about
  8. macrumors 68030


    Why are these rumors coming out now already? Way to put a damper on those holiday sales.
  9. pk7
    macrumors 6502

    Sep 27, 2011
    I'm all for a Retina mini but wouldn't that considerably cannibalize sales of the 9.7" iPad? It's one of it's major selling points.
  10. macrumors 68000

    Oct 21, 2009
  11. macrumors 68040


    Sep 29, 2009
  12. JS3
    macrumors regular

    Apr 15, 2010
  13. macrumors 603


  14. macrumors 6502

    Jan 3, 2012
    It's a rumors site, deal with it.
  15. macrumors 6502a

    Oct 28, 2007
    apple marketing and businesses strategy at its finest.

    (revision A) introduce a "revolutionary" new iPad mini and let people rave about it while omitting a screen that should have been standard

    (revision B) announce a beautiful and even better than before iPad mini with a gorgeous retina high resolution display that is genius engineering ...which should have been on revA
  16. macrumors 603


    Mar 22, 2010
    Digitimes had this article written the day the iPad Mini was announced :p.
  17. macrumors regular

    Oct 14, 2002
    San Francisco, CA
  18. macrumors 68000


    Nov 15, 2012
    They make money off of rumors, not holiday sales. Besides, this is a drop in the bucket in the long run for Apple.
  19. macrumors 65816

    Aug 24, 2007
  20. macrumors 65816

    Nov 2, 2009
    By Grabthar's Hammer
    And the same people who are saying 'it's not that bad, I don't even notice it' will suddenly rave about how 'amazing' the Retina version is.

    Just like they a lot of folks around here mocked the idea of a smaller tablet and now say 'it's the perfect size'.....
  21. macrumors 68020


    May 9, 2008
  22. macrumors 6502

    Jul 14, 2012

    Someone with time to kill should search those quotes up. So many saying how there was no point to a mini and not they are raving about them.

    Same thing will be said when the iphone gets a wider screen.
  23. macrumors 6502a


    Jul 29, 2006
  24. fdv
    macrumors newbie

    Jun 23, 2010
    While it's obvious that everybody wants this to happen, and I'm sure it will happen eventually, I tend to agree with Anandtech. I think if it were feesable to add a retina display within the next year, Apple would have just done it with the original iPad Mini. I expect it will take a couple of years to develop a high res display for the Mini without compromising on its excellent weight and thickness.

    Maybe I'm being naive, and it's possible to make one now, and Apple just released a low-res version first so people would shell out more money on the next one, but part of me still likes to think that Apple like making good products, and they would have done it already if it was possible.
  25. macrumors member

    Sep 6, 2007
    I honestly don't notice the lack of the retina display when I use my friend's mini. Even though it's only 1024 x 768, it's still at a higher PPI than the iPad 2, so it's still sharp albeit not quite up to Apple's retina standards, as your eyes can technically discern the individual pixels when holding it an average distance away from your face.

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