I keep seeing post after post referring to next years model of the mini having a Retina display, and the really snarky posters say next years model in 6 months will have it I would bet a significant sum of money that the iPad mini 2, whenever that is, will in fact NOT come with a Retina display, and I think I have some pretty logical reasoning as to why it will not. Anyone who visits these boards often and knows anything about Apple knows that this company is obsessed with smaller and thinner, especially thinner. The iPad mini's main selling point IMHO is it's extreme thinness and lightness. As most everyone knows, the iPad three had to bulk up in both thickness and overall weight to accomodate having a Retina display, which isn't that big of a deal for the full size iPad, but even then, there are lots of folks who vehemently don't like the larger size (thickness), and especially the increased weight. Apple was able to significantly reduce the thickness of their latest iPhone (5) by moving to a new in-cell technology. Won't get into the details of it, but the Retina screen is better than ever, with the new technology allowing them to signicantly decrease the layers/thickness of the screen, which in turn really allowed them to do the same with the overall device. I think this is coming to the next full size iPad, which would be the 5th generation. In a perfect world, they would have gone with the same anodized look of the iPhone 5 and iPad mini for the full size update, but I'm guessing they simply didn't have the production capacity/techinical ability to produce the larger displays with the in-cell technology. However, I don't expect that will be an issue when the 5th generation full size iPad is released, which most people expect won't happen until next October, a full year from now. I'm saving my money for that iPad, which will contain the updated housing, and will most likely slim back down to iPad 2 thickness and weight while delivering a better Retina experience. Getting back to the iPad mini, there is NO WAY in my opinion that they would ever make this device thicker at all, or add much weight at all. I don't think the technology will be available to them until next year to add Retina, while keep the same device thinness, and close in overall weight. HOWEVER, there is no way they are going to add this to the mini the first go around of availability. I see the second iPad mini getting a nice internal upgrade to an A6 chip, with a commiserate RAM upgrade (1 Gb), and maybe a few other small things. Make no mistake though, Retina isn't coming to the mini until the 3rd generation model at the earliest. Obviously this is only my opinion, and I'm sure there will be people who disagree, but I think I did a good job laying out logical reasons supporting my opinion.