Rumor: Analyst says no Retina display for next generation iPad mini

iPad mini 2All rumors up until now have said how the next generation iPad mini will most likely be getting a Retina display. However, according to a new rumor according to NPD DisplaySearch analyst Richard Shim, the next iPad mini will not have a Retina display, contrary to what most rumors have been pointing towards. Per the report, the next generation will have the same display, a slimmer design, and the A6 processor:

Apple is expected to refresh its iPad mini in the second half of the year. The new iPad mini will continue to use a 7.9-inch display with a 1024×768 resolution, but it will use the iOS 7 operating system and an A6 processor, in a slimmer design than the current generation.

However immediately following that bit of news, he goes on to say that an iPad mini with a “QXGA (2048×1536) resolution display” will be coming, but isn’t planned for release until 2014. So according to him, there is indeed a Retina iPad mini coming, just not until next year:

Another iPad mini is also planned for production but not until early 2014. That device is expected to feature a QXGA (2048×1536) resolution display and the iOS 7 operating system.

Personally, with how much Apple has been pushing Retina, I don’t see a device coming out without a Retina display. Apple now won’t even let developer’s push updates or apps to the App Store unless they are Retina and iPhone 5 optimized (if they run on iPhone), so why push out a device with a display technology that everyone is beginning to forget? The original iPad mini and the iPad 2 are the only “non-Retina” devices that iOS 7 even supports, so obviously Apple is headed in a “Retina-only” direction.

What do you think? Will the next iPad mini be Retina or not? Let us know in the comments, or tweet me @TiP_Kyle.


Via: BGR, NPD DisplaySearch


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  • NathanThanos

    I’m calling BS on this because it just doesn’t follow what apple just presented at WWDC. If they are going to release an iPad mini at all 2013 it will be with retina. If they can’t deliver retina they’ll just push back release till 2014. They wouldn’t release an iPad mini without retina knowing that it would be look down upon as half thoughtout device and a smaller form factor although intriguing isn’t going to sale any more than the current super small device. Apple presented they are giving deference to the details of a product and its consumers. This move would not be in line with that.

  • I think the first ipad mini has already a very beautiful very clear image quality, while the mini ipad 2 does not need retina display

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  • yourig

    Apple should leverage in its large size iPad to boost sales of tablets in a market that is struggling to renew itself. Indeed, the year 2014 will be the first since the iPad’s release for which Apple will experience a decline in sales.