Source claims new iPad Mini could have Retina Display (with a twist)

The first-generation iPad Mini was always going to be a tough act to follow, with the smaller form factor finding plenty of fans since its release in November 2012. There have been a multitude of different claims about the second-generation model, but the display has been the most highly valued element. Will it have Apple’s hallowed Retina Display?

Now, another source has told the Wall Street Journal that the second Mini will have Retina Display… thanks to Samsung. Bet you didn’t see this twist coming, huh? At the same time we shouldn’t be too surprised, given that Samsung is a manufacturing powerhouse.

Then there’s the higher resolution of the 2013 Nexus 7 as well; the tablet arms race is definitely pointing to smaller, higher-res displays for now. Unfortunately for Apple, Samsung might be the only company with the gear to make displays in sufficient volume.

TechRadar reports that Apple had wanted to use Sharp and LG produced displays over Samsung’s, though the risk of supply not meeting demand has proven too great. With Samsung-Apple relations not fantastic, it’s interesting that they continue to rely on each other.

Source: TechRadar & WSJ

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"With Samsung-Apple relations not fantastic, it's interesting that they continue to rely on each other."

Samsung isn't relying on Apple. Apple needs Samsung because no one can match Samsung's quality and yield. It's that simple.

Its funny how many pump the "retina" display. I find that I can read the text on the non-retina display better than the retina display tablet we have.

The retina display causes the text to be very thin, which causes low contrast, making it harder to read. The non-retina display has slightly thicker text and is more readable from a normal viewing distance. To my eyes anyways.

Tiny tablets make it all the worse. It also messes up some apps, where the text ends up being too tiny to read. The new Nexus 7 is a perfect example of that.

jd100 said,
Its funny how many pump the "retina" display. I find that I can read the text on the non-retina display better than the retina display tablet we have.

The retina display causes the text to be very thin, which causes low contrast, making it harder to read. The non-retina display has slightly thicker text and is more readable from a normal viewing distance. To my eyes anyways.

Tiny tablets make it all the worse. It also messes up some apps, where the text ends up being too tiny to read. The new Nexus 7 is a perfect example of that.

It's Android. You can change text size and font type.

I think the next iPad mini won't have a retina display. I have been reading real world stories about the new nexus 7 not achieving published battery use stats. Apple won't release a new iPad mini with less battery up time than the previous model.

derekaw said,
I think the next iPad mini won't have a retina display. I have been reading real world stories about the new nexus 7 not achieving published battery use stats. Apple won't release a new iPad mini with less battery up time than the previous model.
Are you serious? Apple released computers they knew would break. They released a phone they knew didn't work properly. They release iOS with busted maps application, yet you claim they won't release a product with poor battery-life? lol

Have you noticed how bad products from Apple have been lately? How about the iMacs that were DOA and the turn-around for a replacement was 4-6 weeks? Remember that? And how much do those 27" iMacs cost?

I live my 27 inch iMac. I love all my Apple products and considering the support, service, and good design I think I pay a fair price.

derekaw said,
I live my 27 inch iMac. I love all my Apple products and considering the support, service, and good design I think I pay a fair price.
I respect your opinion of what you have. I am just saying and making a point of, Apple has been known to be dishonest and try to sell a fix knowing when they sold the product it had issues which has been thoroughly proven.

I really wanted, and still kind of do, a retina mini. However, after getting my 2013 Nexus 7, I can't see myself going after the new mini which will probably be twice what I paid for the N7. However, I do have a lot invested in iOS apps, many of which are not available on Android, so I may keep the N7 as my main mini tablet and see what Apple has in store with the full size iPad. Unless Apple goes radical with a design change on the mini and gives it a 1080p resolution, I can't see it being a worthy contender.

isnt the "coveted" retina display crap now anyway? the display on lumias and stuff have higher ppi contrast and everything, so basically there peddling the same old crap with a distinctive brand name... thats rubbish? with a twist, costs an extra $30

psionicinversion said,
isnt the "coveted" retina display crap now anyway? the display on lumias and stuff have higher ppi contrast and everything, so basically there peddling the same old crap with a distinctive brand name... thats rubbish? with a twist, costs an extra $30

Clearly you're another lost soul that believes that a higher ppi = a better display...

Astra.Xtreme said,

Clearly you're another lost soul that believes that a higher ppi = a better display...

Clearly you're another lost soul that believe they are more knowledgeable when psionicinversion's comment clearly shows that you can't take in all the info of a small paragraph.

psionicinversion said,
the display on lumias and stuff have higher ppi contrast and everything

By him saying "higher ppi, contrast, and everything" does that not show you he an understanding, no matter how basic, of how there is more to a great display than just the pixel density? Contrast is of course one of those features and everything else being things like colour gamut, no?

Peter Bannor said,

Clearly you're another lost soul that believe they are more knowledgeable when psionicinversion's comment clearly shows that you can't take in all the info of a small paragraph.

By him saying "higher ppi, contrast, and everything" does that not show you he an understanding, no matter how basic, of how there is more to a great display than just the pixel density? Contrast is of course one of those features and everything else being things like colour gamut, no?

Clueless, are we? For one, comparing a phone screen to a tablet screen makes no sense. Had a Lumia tablet existed, maybe the comparison would be valid. Secondly, like I said, a higher ppi doesn't equate to a better screen. Ppi only matters to a certain point. A 300 ppi screen will have the same distinguishable clarify to the human eye as a 1 million ppi screen. Unless you have proof to say otherwise, keep your ignorance to yourself...

shockz said,
Click bait, it's not like Apple has never used Samsung display and parts before.

Yeah, all their mobile products use Samsung/AU/LG displays. It's the samsung chips that Apple seems to be leaning away from.