Mass Production of Retina Displays for iPad Mini Expected to Start in June or July

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Following a somewhat confusing report earlier this week in which NPD DisplaySearch analysts first indicated that a Retina iPad mini would not appear until the first quarter of 2014 before quickly issuing a correction stating that a third quarter refresh would bring the Retina display to the line, the firm has now told CNET that production on those Retina display panels should begin in June or July.

    The timing would not be a tremendous surprise given that the firm just said that the device should begin shipping in the July-September quarter, although other sources have indicated that it may not appear until somewhat later in the year. DisplaySearch's Richard Shim also claims that current iPad mini display supplier LG Display will maintain a prominent role in production of the new Retina displays, and that Samsung will remain out of the display supply picture.
    LG is reportedly the main supplier for display panels in the current iPad mini, with AU Optronics also responsible for a significant portion of the supply.

    Also unsurprising is Shim's claim that the Retina iPad mini will adopt the same 2048 x 1536 resolution seen on the full-size iPad's Retina display, albeit at a higher pixel density to fit the iPad mini's smaller physical size. Maintaining consistent resolution across the iPad lineup allows developers to target a single screen size with their apps, simplifying their work.

    On last month's earnings conference call, Apple CEO Tim Cook appeared to specifically temper new product expectations for the next several months, mentioning that Apple had a number of great products coming "in the fall and across all of 2014."

    Article Link: Mass Production of Retina Displays for iPad Mini Expected to Start in June or July
  2. SoldOnApple macrumors regular

    Jul 20, 2011
    Can't wait. I plan on selling my 64GB 4G iPad 3 for a 64GB wifi iPad mini. My eyesight is better than 20/20 after corrective lenses, so small screen won't be a big problem.
  3. seong macrumors 65816


    Feb 11, 2010
    Knew the retina displays were coming, but good to hear some rumors starting to flow around :)
    It's been a long wait Retina iPad Mini! Come to papa :D
  4. Amazing Iceman macrumors 68040

    Amazing Iceman

    Nov 8, 2008
    Florida, U.S.A.
    If this is true, should we expect the new Retina iPad Mini in October?
    That would be around the time the iPad 4 came out, right?
    And would be perfect timing to release it on time for the holidays.
  5. Jayse macrumors regular

    Jun 29, 2010
    Sydney, Australia
    We didn't need an analyst to give us this news. It was a given.
  6. needfx macrumors 68040


    Aug 10, 2010
    macrumors apparently
    someone remind me the root of the word "analyst"
  7. WiiDSmoker macrumors 65816


    Sep 15, 2009
    Hermitage, TN
    With the mini going to match the resolution of the bigger iPad; think we might see another resolution increase on the bigger one?

    Otherwise...why even get the big iPad? It's more expensive and same screen resolution and less pixel density.
  8. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    Oh, I don't know about that but it would be nice to see these by October.
  9. mono1980 macrumors 6502

    Feb 15, 2005
    Lansing, MI
    People just hold it a little bit closer anyway. It's not a big deal.
  10. Four oF NINE macrumors 68000

    Four oF NINE

    Sep 28, 2011
    Hell's Kitchen
    Should I get the iPad classic or wait for the iPad mini with retina display?
  11. bchery21 macrumors 6502


    Aug 3, 2009
    Boston, MA
    I guess now they'll sell even more; a lot of people said they didn't buy a mini because of the poor screen (yet they still sold well).
  12. Nova Sensei macrumors 6502

    Feb 26, 2012
    Why do people have 60" tv's? 22" is same resolution....
  13. SMDBill macrumors 6502

    Apr 12, 2013
    Depends on when you need it, really.
  14. jhead95 macrumors member

    Aug 2, 2011
    Brisbane, Australia
    Yeh, except it wasn't and still isn't.
  15. Sedrick macrumors 68030


    Nov 10, 2010
    This just leaves me nonplussed. I'm still living with my original iPad 2 and loving it, and I hardly notice the difference between my 3GS screen and the 4S.

    Sure 'retina' would be better for text, but is that all Apple has this year? Adding 'retina' to old things?
  16. ChristianVirtual macrumors 601


    May 10, 2010
    Oh man, that will be an expensive fall: iP5s, iPad 5 and now a retina mini ...
    Maybe this time I skip the iPad 5 and get a mini ? Depends on the storage and CPU/GPU. Or ask my wife to increase my pocket money. :eek:
  17. Daze & Confuse macrumors member

    Jul 22, 2011
    Ana. :p

    (It has several meanings - Up, Back, Again, Excessive. I suspect that none are the answer you were hoping for....)
  18. robeddie Suspended


    Jul 21, 2003
    My main questions are:

    How much (if at all) thicker and heavier will it be than my current ipad mini

    and how much will it cost.

    I know a lot of people will suggest that it will come in at the same price points as the current mini, but I'm not so sure.
  19. absurdamerica macrumors regular

    Nov 14, 2011
    It sounds like you aren't interested in rumors related to Apple products. Perhaps try another site? I hear has news stories.
  20. needfx macrumors 68040


    Aug 10, 2010
    macrumors apparently
    you're either Greek, know Greek, or all the above to be aware of that
  21. fertilized-egg macrumors 68020

    Dec 18, 2009
    I totally didn't expect IGZO/whatever tech they are using for this Mini to be ready this early and always thought it'll get delayed until 2014. This'll be great! But I still want my lighter Mini-like big iPad. Other than the weight, I still prefer the bigger iPad for most things.
  22. Daze & Confuse macrumors member

    Jul 22, 2011
    A bit of the second one.

    And I had to use Google to get 3 of the 4 meanings! ;)
  23. needfx macrumors 68040


    Aug 10, 2010
    macrumors apparently
    for a second I thought it was the first
  24. xDKP macrumors 65816


    Feb 27, 2011
    Ha ha, I don't get the question either. Must say my iPad 4 is used massively at home in the couch and around the house and on vacations

    On work every day for notes, and the fact that I'm travelling a lot with work where I'm carrying a lenovo laptop, paper, reports and other stuff, so on those trips the Mini hits the head on the nail ... Retina is nice, but not a killer feature for me in this screen size.

    Different sizes for different needs... :apple:
  25. cclloyd macrumors 68000


    Oct 26, 2011
    Alpha Centauri A
    1650–60; < French analyste, equivalent to analyse analysis + -iste -ist, by haplology from *analysiste

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