Is the iPad Mini Getting a Retina Display?

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The iPad mini is barely days old and there is already anticipation for the next version of Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) smaller tablet. According to news coming from the company’s Asia supply chain, the second generation of the iPad mini will sport a Retina display with a 2,048 by 1,536 pixel resolution. Chinese-language website DoNews said display maker AU Optronics (NYSE:AOU) will manufacture screens for the next iPad mini.

The rumored new resolution for the 7.9-inch tablet is the same as that on the third- as well as fourth-generation full-size iPad, but would deliver a 300-plus pixel density because of the smaller overall size. The latest 9.7-inch iPad has a density of 264 pixels per inch.

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Apple’s cheapest product in its tablet line was conceptualized to take on newer devices from Amazon.com (NASDAQ:AMZN) and Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) that are threatening the iPad’s dominant hold on the market. According to a report released last week, the iPad’s share of the global tablet market fell from close to 60 percent to almost 50 percent in the last quarter. While the mini has largely received good reviews, one of its most discussed criticisms has been its 163 pixels-per-inch display.

Buzz is also that Apple will use Sharp’s IGZO technology for the new screen, allowing the tablet’s display to be thinner and more power-efficient, while still maintaining color and brightness. According to the report, the next iPad mini will not be released until late next year.

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