File this one under ‘extremely predictable’, folks. Next year’s iPad Mini (which may be called iPad Mini 2, iPad Mini 2nd generation, the new iPad Mini, or Apple knows what else) will come with a Retina Display, thus rectifying one of the biggest ‘issues’ that people have had with the small tablet so far. Whether or not Retina Display really makes a difference on such a small screen remains to be seen, but, either way – it’s coming.
At least that’s what the rumor du jour is claiming. Yes, the original iPad Mini has only been on the market for five days, and here we are talking about the next one. Such is life in the fast paced mobile world.
Apparently Apple has already told display maker AU Optronics (AUO) to get ready to manufacture 7.9-inch screens with a resolution of 2,048×1,536. Incidentally, that’s the exact same resolution found on the iPad 3 and iPad 4 (or whatever Apple’s calling those this week). But since the iPad Mini’s display is smaller, it will have an even more insane 324 ppi.
And since the aspect ratio remains unchanged, once more no apps will have to be rewritten so they work on the next iPad Mini. Genius, you may say. But then why didn’t Apple launch the first iPad Mini with a screen of that resolution? This is the same as asking why the first iPad had no cameras. Easy: so there’s something ‘new’ and ‘revolutionary’ to add next year, and keep people buying.
This hasn’t been rumored yet, but I’m going to venture a guess and say that the iPad Mini 2 will also come with the A6X processor that’s currently used in the iPad 4. Or maybe it will be the A6 – anyway, we’ll see a spec bump there too. Again, Apple could have easily launched the iPad Mini with all of these – but then what would it have in store for the next one? Exactly. This has been Apple’s way of doing things in the mobile world ever since the first iPhone got released, so, in case you haven’t already – deal with it.
The iPad Mini 2 should ship in the fourth quarter of 2013.
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