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According to recent reports from DigiTimes, AU Optronics (NYSE:AUO), the company that supplies the display for the iPad mini, has started developing the display technology for the next-generation of the smaller, 7.9-inch tablet.
Earlier this month, the rumor mill was also buzzing that AU was in the pilot production stage for manufacturing second-generation Retina panels, featuring a pixel density of 324 pixels per inch. If true, this would be an even higher-quality display than on the fourth-generation iPad. Consumers are hoping that the next iPad mini will have a Retina display like the full-sized iPad — but this will undoubtedly add to the cost, which is already quite steep compared to offerings from Google (NASDAQ:GOOG), Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) and Samsung.
Despite its lack of a high-resolution screen, the iPad mini has enjoyed strong sales since its release at the end of last year. On Tuesday it was also reported that Apple finally caught up with the overwhelming demand for the mini, and it is currently in stock online.
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