Apple iPad Mini Rumored to Surface with Retina Display

November 9, 2012, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

The diminutive iPad made its debut a few days ago, and since its launch, many questions have arisen regarding its display and why Apple didn’t bother with a Retina Display. We saw a couple of days ago how the screens of the larger-sized iPads and the iPad Mini were compared pixel-wise.

Now a rumor has flown in from Asia about Apple considering donning the 7.9-inch tablet with a Retina Display. It was DoNews that came out with the speculation and reported that the iPad Mini display maker, AUO, is developing a display of resolution 2,048×1,536 pixel for Apple’s next iPad Mini.

If that is true, then the Mini would be sporting the display seen in the third and fourth-generation iPads. With the small screen area on the iPad Mini, we would get a pixel density over 300, which is mighty huge when compared to the iPad 4’s 264 pixels per inch.

It was surprising to note that Apple would release the iPad Mini without the Retina Display, especially since the product came in between the iPhone 5 and the 9.7-inch iPad, both of which boasted the Retina. Even the MacBook Pro added in Retina models, so it would seem kind of odd if Apple didn’t venture forth a Retina version for the Mini.

Especially since people complained about the devices grainy 163 pixels per inch display. Apple has always worked out to improve over its shortcomings, and we can expect that for the iPad Mini too.

But don’t get too excited. You might not get to see the new version until the end of 2013.

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