Apple iPad Mini to Use the Same Display of iPhone 3GS

July 5, 2012, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

The tech world is abuzz with rumors about Apple launching a smaller version of iPad. Many expect the smaller iPad, or iPad Mini with a screen size rumored to be between 7 and 8 inches, will be launched this year.

Ever since the news came out, we have been hearing one thing or the other about this gadget. The latest is from Daring Fireball’s John Gruber.

He says that if Apple comes out with a 7-inch iPad, it will be using the same low-resolution display technology as in the iPhone 3GS.

That’s because LCD screens are manufactured in large sheets and are then cut to the size needed, allowing the company to more easily produce 7.85-inch displays with a 1,024 x 768-pixel resolution.

Gruber says that by using the same display, Apple can considerably increase the speed of manufacturing and cut down on costs. iPhone 3GS uses a 3.5-inch display with a resolution of 480 x 320 pixels and has a pixel density of 163 per inch, while the new third-generation iPad squeezes 264 pixels-per-inch into its 9.7-inch screen.

Since its launch in 2010, the iPad has not seen a screen size change, though the iPad 3 boasts of a high-definition, pixel-packed Retina display. It has only been a week since Google introduced its 7-inch Nexus 7 tablet, priced at $199.

It is expected that Nexus and Kindle Fire may end up being the prime competitors to Apple’s 7-inch iPad.

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