Supply Chain Hints Suggest Retina iPad Mini Could Debut in Second Half of 2013

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Paul Semenza, an analyst at market research firm DisplaySearch, tells CNET that an iPad mini with Retina display could debut in the third or fourth quarter of this year.
    Unsurprisingly, Semenza tells CNET that his data points to a resolution of 2048 x 1536 pixels for the Retina display iPad mini, giving it the same number of pixels as the full-size iPad but at a higher density of 324 pixels per inch. He goes on to note that it would be a challenge for Apple and its display partners to pair that kind of display with the current iPad mini chassis at just 7.2 mm thick, hinting that the company may need to increase the device's thickness somewhat as it did when the full-size iPad moved to a Retina display.

    Semenza says that LG Display is the strongest candidate to make the display, but that AU Optronics, Sharp, and Japan Display are other possibilities. Japan Display currently produces the display for the iPhone 5, but Semenza says that the company is looking at getting into tablets.

    DisplaySearch's report falls in line with what KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicted in mid-January, and Kuo has been fairly accurate in the past with his Apple product predictions.

    iMore's Rene Ritchie has also been relatively accurate, and he reports that Apple is set to debut the new iPad mini as soon as next month. Ritchie says, however, that a Retina display "doesn't sound imminent", suggesting that an April iPad mini would not contain the higher-resolution display. If Apple moves to a biannual release for its tablets, the company could announce an iPad mini in April and a new Retina iPad mini later this year, matching all three predictions.

    Article Link: Supply Chain Hints Suggest Retina iPad Mini Could Debut in Second Half of 2013
  2. Sixtafoua, Mar 15, 2013
    Last edited: Mar 15, 2013

    Sixtafoua macrumors 6502


    May 29, 2009
    Boston, MA
    The whole twice-a-year upgrade cycle seems a bit desperate on apple's part. They know that a certain percentage of users will upgrade no matter what, so it seems like they're shipping garbage upgrades just because they're guaranteed a certain number of sales. :/
  3. HiRez macrumors 603


    Jan 6, 2004
    Western US
    I really want a retina iPad Mini, but not if it comes at the expense of battery life and/or additional weight. That may unfortunately be the case, might have to wait another generation.
  4. komodrone macrumors 6502

    Apr 26, 2011
    I think they're trying to be less predictable in the release schedule.
  5. HiRez macrumors 603


    Jan 6, 2004
    Western US
    In what way is a retina Mini a "garbage" upgrade? I know lots of people wating on a Mini purchase for just that reason, and I'm one of them. Plus, you don't even know what else it would have.
  6. irDigital0l, Mar 15, 2013
    Last edited: Mar 15, 2013

    irDigital0l Guest

    Dec 7, 2010
  7. dennno macrumors regular

    Jul 22, 2011
    People keep expecting revolutionary updates. But you can only do so much with tablets and phones. There is no more revolutionary updates, people need to get used to spec bumps and small touches.

    There's always a hoard of people complaining that the next iPad/iPhone doesn't have something revolutionary like holograms or augmented reality or something. If you're looking for the next thing that will wow you don't expect to find it with the next phone or tablet update (from either Apple or its competitors); at least not in the near future.
  8. tech4all macrumors 68040


    Jun 13, 2004
    Nexus 7 already beats the Mini. The Mini really needs an update to bring it up to par. Course even being overpriced and under speced it still sells because of the little :apple: on it. Build quality is great, but take away the skin you don't have much left to justify the price.

    I know I'll be hated on for saying that, but it's the truth, not my opinion.
  9. Michael Scrip macrumors 601

    Mar 4, 2011
    Apple doesn't only rely on people to upgrade... there are tons of people who don't have an iPad at all.

    All companies put out new updated products at regular intervals... they're not counting on every single person upgrading every single time.


    Well... there is that little thing called the App Store ;)
  10. Drunken Master macrumors 65816

    Drunken Master

    Jul 19, 2011
    The Android tablet experience would have to improve a lot for a Nexus to be an overall better device than an iPad.
  11. japanime macrumors 68000


    Feb 27, 2006
    I totally agree with you. A retina Mini is going to be a superb upgrade, and I'm very anxious to buy one.
  12. gmcalpin macrumors 6502


    Oct 2, 2008
    No, I'm pretty sure that's your opinion. The iPad mini is way better than the Google Nexus 7. In MY opinion. Because of the App Store.
  13. brock2621 macrumors 6502a


    Jun 8, 2007
    Except a thinner AND lighter tablet, with two cameras, better battery life, non-stutter scrolling and not to mention the most important part of owning a tablet in the first place, the worlds best tablet app library.

    That's the truth, not my opinion.
  14. tekboi macrumors 6502a


    Aug 9, 2006
    New Orleans ✈ WesŦward
    when did the first ipad mini come out last year? ... pretty sure the retina iPad mini will come out around the same time this year...
  15. Syk, Mar 15, 2013
    Last edited: Mar 16, 2013

    Syk macrumors 6502a

    Jun 20, 2010
    Only reason I can think of for releasing a new ipad mini in April that doesn't have retina is to put the latest CPU in it because maybe they're going to over haul iOS7 and the extra processing power would be helpful

    I'd like for it to have retina but it's not a deal breaker for me. I have no problem with my ipad2 screen.

    If all the did was make it thinner I'd just buy the gen1 ipad after it's marked down. Thinner means nothing for me. The thing is already thin enough and then if I added some type of case it would get thicker anyway
  16. irDigital0l Guest

    Dec 7, 2010
    I agree.

    Most important thing would probably be tablet specific apps.

    iPad just kills anything in that regard.

    But Google is definitely trying, and trying hard.
  17. Arcsylver macrumors member

    Oct 6, 2011
    Chicago, IL
    I am beginning to wonder if Apple is splitting the product lines into "Standard" and "Retina""

    I would not be surprised if the next product cycles looked something like this:
    Macbook Air, Non Retina
    Macbook Pro with Retina Display
    Ipad "5" Retina Display
    iPad Mini Non Retina

    No More "Classic" MBP
    No More iPad 2

    And possibly having the desktops line up something like
    27" Imac with Retina
    21.5" iMac non Retina

    Mac mini with your choice of display , possibly with a "pro" option to replace the Mac Pro.
    It just seems that apple is shifting towards Retina being a premium option on the products and leaving the lower priced products with standard screens.
  18. Sol macrumors 68000


    Jan 14, 2003
    As a Mini user, I can't say that resolution has ever been an issue. I think Apple should retain the current display and utilise a more powerful CPU/GPU.
  19. maccompatible macrumors 6502

    Mar 26, 2012
    Whoa. A 27" retina screen. :cool:


    I have a mini. The screen definitely isn't an "issue," but I'm most definitely going to love retina.
  20. Exotic-Car Man macrumors regular

    Exotic-Car Man

    Oct 29, 2010
    No spring update this year? Looks like Apple may be moving to the October timeframe for iPad updates after all.
  21. mantan macrumors 68000

    Nov 2, 2009
    I hear so many users try to rationalize that 'it's not that bad'....but you just KNOW they are all going to talk about how AMAZING the retina version is when it comes out...
  22. canadianpj macrumors 6502

    Jun 27, 2008
    Nope, just your opinion sorry, not the truth.
  23. Bytor65 macrumors 6502a

    Feb 10, 2010
    Sorry, but your opinion doesn't qualify as truth. And with at least TEN times as many people buying iPad Minis, your opinion is a minority one.

    Having played with both in store. The Mini is faster/slicker in usage and the screen is MUCH bigger which makes a huge difference on a lot of content. The Nexus 7 feels more like a smart phone than a tablet to me.

    Then you get to the ecosystem and iPad simply crushes it.

    Though at this point I want a Retina Mini. That is just about the perfect tablet IMO (it would be my first). I can see pixels on both the Nexus and Mini when holding it close for e-reader duty. A Retina Mini will be the end of pixels.

    I hope the Retina Mini is coming this year.
  24. irDigital0l Guest

    Dec 7, 2010
    One thing I dont understand is...

    People say the iPad Mini is better than the Nexus 7 because it has a larger screen.

    But people want the iPhone to stay 4'' or even back to 3.5''.


    A big screen makes a huge difference right? Why can't this logic be applied to the iPhone?

    Where's the 4.5 to 5'' iPhone option?

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