iPad Mini With Retina Display Screen Production To Start In June Or July, NPD DisplaySearch Says

Posted: May 7, 2013 in Apple, Gadgets, Technology
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20130507-211457.jpg. The iPad mini is quickly becoming a key component
of Apple’s product lineup, and according to some
sources, might even be the best-selling tablet Apple
makes at this point. The smaller tablet hit shelves in
early November last year, and likely had a huge
impact on Apple’s record tablet sales last quarter, which topped 19.5 million devices. It’s impossible not
to see a Retina update in the mini’s future, and new
reports (via MacRumors) claim we’ll see production
begin for that device this summer. NPD DisplaySearch analyst says we should see
display panel production begin for a Retina iPad mini
beginning in June or July, which will be sourced
primarily from LG Display, and specifically not from
Samsung, Apple’s sometime partner, but not a
display supplier for the current iPad mini. The iPad mini with Retina Display should have a 2,048×1536
pixel, 7.9-inch screen, which makes for a PPI of 324,
or just about the same as that of the iPhone 5. That
would make it fully compatible with apps designed for
the full-sized iPad’s Retina screen, but give it an even
higher pixel density at the same time thanks to the smaller screen dimensions. This production start date would fit with an anticipated
ship date of between July and September for a Retina
iPad mini, thought we’d be much more likely to see
such a device arrive in the fall according to recent
statements by Apple CEO Tim Cook. During the most
recent Apple investor call, he told people to look to fall and 2014 specifically for exciting new product
launches from Apple, which seems to indicate we
might have to wait at least that long for something as
exciting as an iPad mini refresh. A Retina screen on the iPad mini would help Apple
address the only real shortcoming reviewers and
critics have identified on the tablet thus far. When the
first reviews hit the web, mention of the lack of a
Retina display was almost universal, though few cited
it as a dealbreaking oversight. Even so, the addition of that capability will likely bring at least as much
praise as its absence brought raised eyebrows. Early rumored case leaks have shown that the next
generation might be slightly thicker than the existing
version, which would be in keeping with what
happened between the iPad 2 and the first Retina
Display iPad, which gained both girth and weight over
its predecessor. I’m personally hoping that this is an early prototype; the size and weight change between
the iPad 2 and 3rd gen device was very noticeable,
and took away from the benefits of having a better
screen. Apple isn’t hurting in the tablet game, but some
competitors are starting to show stronger numbers
than they have in the past, including Asus, which
reported earnings this week. Those included 3 million
tablets sold for the quarter, a larger portion of which
are likely the Nexus 7 Android devices it makes for Google. NPD DisplaySearch says that the Kindle Fire
line of tablets will get 300 ppi or higher displays in the
next generation, too, so Apple bringing the best-of-
breed display in its next-gen device makes sense in
terms of helping keep its dominating lead.

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