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Report: Apple Prepping High-Res iPad Mini

December 14, 2012

iPad mini

So far, the main complaint about Apple's iPad mini is that it does not boast the high-res Retina display found on Cupertino's larger tablets. Recent reports, however, suggest that Apple is working on a new iPad mini with a better, higher-resolution screen.

According to a Digitimes report, which cited a Taiwan-based backlighting industry source, the next generation of the iPad mini will offer a better screen, although it remains unclear whether that means Apple will give the device a Retina display.

The source also claims that Apple will introduce a slimmer, lighter, regular iPad by restructuring the device's configuration from two LED lights bars down to one.

Some believe that a Retina display on the iPad mini would be impractical due to the power demands of the high-resolution display, which would drive up the price of the $329 device. But just last month Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster predicted a Retina display in the next iPad mini.

DisplaySearch analyst David Hsieh predicted recently that "in 2013, it is likely that Apple will adjust its product portfolio to meet the strong demand for the iPad mini. We believe that Apple is targeting total iPad shipments of 100 million in 2013, half accounted for by the iPad mini."




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