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Original poster
Apr 12, 2001

Parts firm ETrade Supply posts several photos of what it believes to be a legitimate display from Apple's forthcoming "iPad mini" set for introduction at next Tuesday's media event. The display is said to be of the same 4:3 aspect ratio of the full-size iPad and measures 162 mm x 124 mm.

Text on the back of the display suggests that the part was manufactured by LG Display, and text on the ribbon cable extending from the display is also consistent with labeling on genuine Apple parts.

ETrade Supply has also posted several photos of an iPad mini battery, which appears to be identical to the part shared by MacRumors earlier this week with the exception of the Apple part number. ETrade Supply's battery carries an APN of 616-0627, while the battery in our photo carried an APN of 616-0641. Any differences between the two parts are not immediately obvious.

Following ETrade Supply's posting of the iPad mini display photos, French site posted its own photo [Google translation] of what has been claimed to be the iPad mini display in quality testing. The site received the photo last week and was unable to verify with any degree of confidence that the part was indeed an iPad mini display, but with the actual part now having been shared by ETrade Supply, similarities in the mounting points for the two displays suggest that the display being tested may indeed be for the iPad mini.


Article Link: Photos of 4:3 Display from Apple's 'iPad Mini' Surface


macrumors 6502
Dec 16, 2008
That looks like the same surface the original iPad was on in the leaks from the morning before it's release.


macrumors newbie
Oct 4, 2012
...So the display isn't 16:9 ratio? That would have set it apart a little better from its bigger brother.


Nov 25, 2005
...So the display isn't 16:9 ratio? That would have set it apart a little better from its bigger brother.

16:9 is only good for watching movies. When you hold the iPad vertical it is rubbish. Especially for reading books, which will be a _major_ use of the iPad mini. On the iPhone 5, there is the positive that you can still cover the width with one hand, that won't work on an iPad mini so no redeeming advantage.

And there is one feature that sets it absolutely apart: Less size. No other difference is needed or wanted.

Wonder what the resolution will be? 1024x768 or 2048x1536?

1024 x 768 means all software runs unchanged (just smaller). Pixel density would be higher than on the iPad 2, so you would have "almost but not quite retina" quality. 2048 x 1536 would be a waste of money. You also need more power with more pixels, and you don't have the space for a large battery on an iPad Mini.


macrumors 65816
Oct 26, 2008
So how long until we get all of the parts leaked to build the full thing like with the iPhone? :D


Oct 15, 2011
Austin TX
Wonder what the resolution will be? 1024x768 or 2048x1536?

Based on the rumors over the last few months, it looks like it will be 1024x768 to keep costs down. But, while it won't technically be retina resolution, the pixel density will still be higher than the iPad 2 simply because the same number of pixels will be fit into a smaller space. So, the sharpness will probably be somewhere between the iPad 2 and iPad 3, which is probably sufficient for most people.


macrumors 6502
Sep 27, 2003
Can't wait to hear what the resolution is.

I mean, I understand the logic behind all the rumors that say a 7.85" mini could simply cut up iPhone 3GS display sheets at 1024x768 at a very low cost, but that just doesn't seem like Apple. I find it hard to believe they're going to launch a new mobile product class without a Retina display. I think they'd rather make a high-quality product (not at Kindle-killing prices, necessarily) and again lean on developers to cater to another dimension, than to make a bargain-basement 1024x768 display that uses existing iPad apps.

But then, it'll be hard for me to imagine how a 7.8" Retina iPad mini would fit, price- and purpose-wise, among a $299/399 Retina iPod touch and a $499 iPad.

This will be interesting, for sure.


macrumors regular
Dec 27, 2007
This is really pathetic if the resolution is really 1024x768. Hoping those are just rumors.
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