AU Optronics Developing Retina Display for Second-Generation iPad Mini?

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    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.
    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?
  2. WiiDSmoker macrumors 65816


    Sep 15, 2009
    Hermitage, TN
  3. HarryKNN21 macrumors regular

    May 25, 2012
    Hong Kong
    I'm not surprised, Retina is the lifeline of Apple, a upcoming Mini should have that.
  4. JaySoul macrumors 68020


    Jan 30, 2008
  5. MacVault macrumors 65816

    Jun 10, 2002
    Planet Earth
    Well it's about time the iPad mini get the retina display. Seriously, why did Apple release the mini without it?
  6. ncaissie macrumors 6502a


    Dec 1, 2011
    The next mini comes in April with Retina display.
  7. ironsienna macrumors regular


    Oct 28, 2010
    Expect even lower sales now after all these rumours... who is going to buy a tablet that will be obsolete in half a year?
  8. AdonisSMU macrumors 603

    Oct 23, 2010
    They leak it anyway because the general public doesnt follow this stuff and the Apple fans are going to buy it regardless.
  9. applefanDrew macrumors 65816

    Jul 17, 2010

    I agree with this. And the iPad 5th gen
  10. HarryKNN21 macrumors regular

    May 25, 2012
    Hong Kong
    They don't care what Apple is going to do to hunt down their revenue, but they just want to be the FIRST to leak these info.
  11. AdonisSMU macrumors 603

    Oct 23, 2010
    Is that a serious question?
  12. luqtotheman macrumors regular

    Jun 14, 2012
    Typical Apple, extracting all consumer surplus!
  13. prowlmedia Suspended

    Jan 26, 2010
    Because a panel probably didn't exist...
    Also means that that dev's don't have to change any (much) code as it's the same res as ipad 2

    Does mean that when the mini 2 comes out they will have 2 products as they do with ipad 2 and 4 probably and can compete better with other 7" tabs
  14. Caliber26 macrumors 68000


    Sep 25, 2009
    Orlando, FL
    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.
  15. the8thark macrumors 68040


    Apr 18, 2011
    The issue here is not powering retina on a Mini.
    The issue is does the mini have enough internal space to have a battery large enough to give a good battery life with a retina screen?
  16. scott911 macrumors 6502a

    Aug 24, 2009
    agreed! so many are used to the retina class resolution by now.

    mini would have been good compared to the first kindle fire, but now the mini comes across as yesterday's technology with an inflated price tag.
  17. rwilliams macrumors 68040


    Apr 8, 2009
    Durham, NC
    This is why I wouldn't waste my money on the 1st generation Mini. You know that a Retina version is on the way.
  18. justperry macrumors G3


    Aug 10, 2007
    In the core of a black hole.
    iPad Mini just released and already rumors of an iPad Mini 2.:eek:
  19. beemo macrumors newbie

    Mar 11, 2012
    now the price makes more sense

    The $329 price makes more sense now, as they will inevitably say "new iPad mini with retina display at the same amazing price". They wouldn't want to raise the cost from say $249, or sell at cost because of the pricier display.

    I'm really happy with my iPad 3, but it does feel too big sometimes and a bother to bring places. A retina iPad mini would make me consider switching!
  20. iDemiurge macrumors 6502


    Feb 7, 2011
    Anyone who believes the next iPad mini WON'T have a retina display is seriously deluded. Most likely by their impatience and urge to buy it now.
  21. MikeAK macrumors regular

    Oct 26, 2011
    We all knew this was going to happen and sooner rather then later. Look for an early spring release on the new Mini with Retina, 1GB Ram and an A6. The crying we heard from iPad 3 owners will be nothing like that of the early Mini adopters.
  22. dkouts macrumors member

    Apr 20, 2009
    Sharpness is relative to the distance you view the content at and the real world size of the screen.

    eg - on a TV you only perceive full HD up to a certain distance from your plasma after which the detail becomes imperceivable.

    On the smaller ipad Id rather have the CPU driving snappier apps and grunty creative stuff than driving more pixels just to read my email.

    Retina a little overkill except on the full size iPad?
  23. Gix1k macrumors 68030


    Jun 16, 2008
    It's legitimate....what's your beef?
  24. extricated macrumors 6502


    Jul 14, 2011
    I feel a little better about my decision to wait.
  25. Gix1k macrumors 68030


    Jun 16, 2008

    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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