Apple said to be working on high resolution iPad mini displays

By , Dec 14, 2012

To me, it seems like a no-brainer that Apple will address the low-resolution display in the iPad mini by its next-generation. After all, the tablet’s lack of a Retina display has seemingly been the only complaint amidst otherwise extremely positive reviews.

But no-brainer or not, it’s always nice to hear reports that help back up gut feelings. And the latest one comes out of Taiwan, where a familiar publication has it on good authority that Apple is talking to its suppliers about high-res iPad mini panels…

The news comes from the infamous hit-or-mit tech gossip site DigiTimes (via MacRumors):

“Apple’s next-generation iPad mini will focus mostly on enhancing the device’s display resolution, according to Taiwan-based backlighting industry sources.

The sources have yet to specify whether the device will use Apple’s Retina Display technology to enhanced resolution, but market observers said it is highly likely based on the development of past Apple products such as the iPhone and 9.7-inch iPad series.”

It’s hard to imagine that Apple would up the iPad mini’s display resolution and not call it Retina, as its become a familiar brand amongst its other product lines. But, giving the mini a full-blown Retina panel at its size could be tough, as seen with the full iPad.

On that front, the Taiwanese outlet also says that it’s hearing that Apple is working to restructure the lighting of the next-generation 9.7-inch iPad from two LED light bars to one, in an effort to decrease the device’s overall size and weight.

Admittedly, DigiTimes has a reputation for being unreliable. But if you’re really keeping score, it’s actually quite accurate in this field. For example, it nailed both the iPad mini and the 4th generation iPad earlier this year before either was announced.

We fully expect to see an iPad mini with a higher resolution display, and a trimmer 9.7-inch iPad from Apple next year. But at this point, there’s no telling when we’ll see them. Spring? Summer? Late fall?

What do you think?

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  • wahaha

    I am using a iPad mini and I personally think that graphics aren’t really that bad, unless you are really picky. However the apps really suck when they are blown up.

    I hope apple will release the next mini with a better processor that’s all.

  • Leonard Wong

    Well if they could lower the price a bit, they will be better
    If not , it still a great tablet

  • Dany Quirion

    I will get it :)

  • Jordan Miller

    They should have done this the first time around. Nuff said.

    • MagicDrumSticks

      It was obviously done on purpose so they can sell more units.

      Think about it. Release non-retina ipad now, sell a ton, release retina ipad and sell to those same people again

      • Joe Jonsen

        sad funny and greedy all in one

      • Xavier du Coudray

        And the fact that it was done on purpose is really that gets to me. Apple was meant to deliver the best to their customers. And though we know the technology is available (iPhone4S, 5, iPad 3), they just didn’t do it. Annoys me a great deal.

    • RarestName

      What new things will they be able to announce for the generation then had they included the retina display?

      • Joe Jonsen

        next gen will be a wider iphone with more speed and 8 core chips and super retina with 600 ppi… but same boring IOS UI

      • Dany Quirion

        iOS 7 will be totally different trust me i can smell it :)

      • Joe Jonsen

        i am hoping and preying they really do something and give it some UI bells and whistles and cool effect cause IOS is so static and boring

      • joseph

        the IOS 7 will Be like an android OS LOL

    • JomanJi

      They should also implement the A6 chip (-_-)

  • Maxim∑

    I strongly believe they will not release a retina ipad for a while, if they do NO apps will work with iPad mini, and scaling at that resolution wont work well either

    • RarestName

      Why wouldn’t it work well?

  • Tommy Gumbs

    I bought my wife a Mini. Compared to a Retina screen, it is a really bad screen. However, it is not the end of the world. Other than the screen and the price,It is a very nice design. With that said, I prefer the iPad and will be sticking with that model.

    • Joe Jonsen

      most women an kids wont care about non retina..

      • Max Kas

        what a stupid thing to say

      • Joe Jonsen

        lol funny part is that its true… cause those grouops are the lease tech oriented …lololo you just have no clue… but you feel alot..loll

      • fsdfsdf3qfsdf

        I dislike you and your comments, but this is the first time I (partly) agree with you.

      • Enrico Holness

        I WILL

  • JomanJi

    Woooow! What’s next? iPod nano w/ retina lol

    • Joe Jonsen

      steven is dead and so is apples ingenuity

      • Kurt

        but his dead body is still worshiped by these weirdos on here

  • Joe Jonsen

    I love apple but this is really starting to get crazy and cultish… lol it so obvious that iPad min1 should have had retina but no one questioned that now they mention possible retina and every one is excited again..lolol

  • Joe Jonsen

    apple will make their TV non retina first then wow the retina version will come after

  • Steven Cannan

    Oh god I know how this is gonna go well lets wait till march lol

  • MrElectrifyer

    Hahaha, Crapple’s so predictable these days; no more wow factors.

    • fsdfsdf3qfsdf

      You really need to get a life, you hate Apple, but visit and comment on a Apple Blog? Are you dumb or just a troll?

      • MrElectrifyer

        So you’re now calling iDownloadBlog an iTard only blog (where the truth about Crapple’s greed is forbidden)? Are you foolish or just a fantard?

  • Adde Munye

    I going to return my iPad mini and iPad 4 because its waste of money just going to get by with my iPad 2 till the new iPad mini and iPad 5 comes out !!!!
    Long wait but it better then having 2 buy a new one.