I do not understand why no one has pointed this out. If the iPad mini goes retina (by quadrupling every pixel), it will have a much higher pixel density than the large iPad. Aside from speed and screen size, it will actually be a better iPad than its big brother. Apple never lets cheaper products be "better" than their more-expensive counterparts. In my mind, there are two possibilities: the iPad mini goes "retina" in ppi but not by quadrupling. In other words, some intermediate resolution between 1024x768 and 2048x1536 - aiming for the same "retina" ppi as the current iPad with retina. the iPad mini quadruples its resolution, and the full-size iPad goes retina+, though what that resolution would be is hard to say. Perhaps aiming for the same ppi as the iPhone 4-5 and the new iPad mini retina. Given the technological challenges they faced from the iPad 2 to 3 (battery, GPU power, lighting, etc), I'm hesitant to think they can do the same thing with the mini and keep its physical form factor the same. That makes me lean in the direction of option 1, but some might cry that it's not true "retina" because it didn't quadruple. Notably, either option will mean developers will have a new resolution to work with. Unless they keep both at 2048x1536, which, to me, seems extremely strange. Your thoughts? Why has no one else talked about this?