All 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.