Rumor: Apple evaluating Retina screens for the next iPad mini

By , Jan 10, 2013

iPad mini (landscape, in hand, display)

According to a new rumor out of Taiwan, Apple is already testing display panels for the second-generation iPad mini. With LG Display and AU Optronics already suppling panels for the current-generation tablet, Apple is thought to add a third company to the mix, Foxconn’s subsidiary Shenzhen Century Science & Technology (SCST). For the iPad mini 2, Apple is considering SCST’s panels with Retina-class resolution, which are based on One Glass Solution (OGS) technology. These panels have reportedly been sent to Apple for testing, indicating the Cupertino firm is in the exploration stage where it evaluates competing solutions before locking suppliers for the second-gen iPad mini…

SCST could also become a third supplier for the current-gen iPad mini panels through its cooperation with Chimei Innolux, another Taiwan-based Foxconn subsidiary. Foxconn has long been Apple’s favorite contract assembler for the majority of its products.

DigiTimes in December reported that Apple is expected to gradually adjust its manufacturing strategy for the next three years by outsourcing up to 70 percent of iPad orders and a small percentage of iPhone orders to Foxconn’s rival, Pegatron Technology.

Now, Taiwan-based China Times newspaper mentions that the OGS monolithic touch technology is more mature than the in-cell display process featured on the iPhone 5 while offering competitive advantages. The report goes on to note that Apple will upgrade the iPad mini’s pedestrian 1,024-by-768 pixel resolution display to Retina while keeping the size to same 7.9 inches diagonally.

OGS tech offers significant cost savings compared to the traditional G / G-type touch panels while not changing the LCD panel process. However, it’s faced some low yields stemming from the bubble problems, plus yellow tint, both of which should be eliminated by using the pricey vacuum equipment and switching to the full lamination process.

iPad mini promo video (iPad mini users 003)

Foxconn is reportedly investing heavily into SCST panel factories and manufacturing technology.

DisplaySearch forecast that the shipments of both the 7.9-inch iPad mini and its successor will hit the 50 million unit mark, exceeding that of the 9.7-inch iPad.

For the next iPhone, Apple is said to tap Touch-On-Display technology from Chimei Innolux that promises to fix the slower response speed of the iPhone 5′s touch panels caused by the in-cell technology.

Now, bear in mind that we can’t predict when Apple might release the second-gen iPad mini due to the lack of the release schedule regarding the device, which went on sale November 2, 2012 in nearly all of Apple’s markets following the October 23, 2012 introduction.

Breaking away from its usual summer pattern for iPhones, Apple in 2012 launched the iPhone 5 in September. The company also for the first time introduced the fourth-generation iPad just six months after unveiling the iPad 3 in March 2012.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.jonsen Joe Jonsen

    ummm IDB please learn to write a compelling headline.. please… OMG DUH apple thinking about retina for ipad mini!?!?!!?!? What you should have written is:

    “Sources: Apple’s next iPad mini will finally get the retina screen it should have launched with”

    • Lordthree

      Seems like 90% of your comments are “iPad mini is crap. iOS is boring”. Very compelling. Blah blah blah. We get it. STFU already

      • http://www.facebook.com/joe.jonsen Joe Jonsen

        YOU STUPID TYPICAL CLICHE HUMAN…. Me “shutting up” wont change the realities i am talking about.. If you are to weak ignorant and stupid to understand that then turn off your eyes so you won’t have to read the truth…

        I dont care what 90% of your comments are they can be anything you want them to be and when i respond i will address your subject not just whine about the fact that you posted something contrary to my beliefs..

      • Lordthree

        Your opinions aren’t ‘reality’ kid. The point is- we all no your fucking opinions. You really think you need to make multiple comments every day like “Apple should give up on iPhone and get a new flagship” – “iOS is boring” – “iPad mini should have a retina display”.
        Your comments aren’t useful, insightful, or furthering the conversation. We all know your crap opinions without you just painting the walls with spam. Grow the fuck up and make an intelligent comment or just stfu. You’re a waste of space.

      • http://www.facebook.com/joe.jonsen Joe Jonsen

        lol you type like a psychotic crack head on her period….!!!! Its all about how you “FEEL” I mention facts that you dont agree with so you feel upset, then you type all profane…..lol

        Your opinion and feelings of my comments on here is as useful as broken toilet…

        Just dont read my posts

      • Lordthree

        Facts? What FACTS are those? All you do is come in here like a limp dick little bitch screaming about how shitty Apple is. It’s truly pathetic.
        Now you’re blathering on about ‘feelings’?!? Really? That’s all you’ve got ehh?
        Sent from my iPad

      • http://www.facebook.com/joe.jonsen Joe Jonsen

        I have more apple shit than you… I come on here and state facts about apples behavior… You feel sad and start crying and menstruating … You are too emotional and irrational to discuss the topic so instead you make shallow profane personal attacks its like you drink estrogen instead of water..lol

        Dude you are too easy, you are too dumbs just leave me alone please cause you will just get more and more upset all over some meaningless posts about apple inc. lol…hahah

      • http://www.facebook.com/jamie.tilden.9 Jamie Tilden

        Resorting to ad hominem arguments littered with poor grammar and spelling does not prove that you are rational or that you know facts. Your only argument is that Apple products are lame and iOS is dull, and you seem to say this to provoke the iDB audience who will clearly disagree with you. Why don’t you try spouting your views on some Android blog site?

      • http://www.facebook.com/joe.jonsen Joe Jonsen

        I state facts about apple… those facts make you sad cause you are irrational.. FACT.. android sucks so i dont go on android site..

      • http://www.facebook.com/jamie.tilden.9 Jamie Tilden

        That iOS or Apple products are lame or bad, or whatever your views are specifically, is opinion. You state opinions, not facts. You don’t know the difference.

      • http://www.facebook.com/joe.jonsen Joe Jonsen

        I state facts… you get emotional and cry.. FACT

      • Lordthree

        You lose. I’m done with you. You’ve got more Apple stuff than me?!? ROFLMFAO. Ok kid.
        You just slayed yourself with that last one. Did everything you accuse me of. Pathetic. Simply p a t h e t i c.

      • http://www.facebook.com/joe.jonsen Joe Jonsen

        ^^^^lol the fact that you think there is “winning” and “loosing” potential in this is more tragic than the death of Jesus.

      • Lordthree

        Loosing. Rofl

      • http://www.facebook.com/joe.jonsen Joe Jonsen

        omg then you resorted to customized tacky pop culture cliches…lol

      • http://www.facebook.com/jamie.tilden.9 Jamie Tilden

        “Loosing”? Not a word. Losing, Mr. President, as in: “you’re losing this argument.” Not to be confused with “loosening,” as in “I was loosening your mother’s already loose vagina last night as I was using your variety of handheld Apple devices as Retina display dildos.”

      • http://www.facebook.com/joe.jonsen Joe Jonsen

        lol… oh look it’s captain save a “Lordthree”

      • Lordthree

        You not being able to spell isn’t a “cliche”. Nothing you type makes any sense. Congratulations on being the tiniest, stupidest troll here

      • http://www.facebook.com/joe.jonsen Joe Jonsen

        my initial post has 16 likes lol the towns people agree with facts… you are lame you can handle me your emotional banter is too weak.. you are lamer than android and Samsung

      • Lordthree

        Dude you’re a tard who can’t spell anything (“towns people agree with facts”), has no reading comprehension, makes no valid points, and base’s your self worth on the amount of +1’s (most of which you’ve given yourself via other accounts) on an internet blog.

        Sit and spin kiddo. You have my pity.

    • http://www.facebook.com/dany.quirion Dany Quirion

      Do you actually like apple?

      • http://www.facebook.com/joe.jonsen Joe Jonsen

        Here is my apple list:

        Mac Pro G5
        Mac Mini Core2Duo
        Mac Book Pro i5
        Apple Cinema display 27″
        iMac Core2Duo
        iPhone 3GS
        iPhone 4S

        iPhone 5
        iPod touch 4G
        iPad1
        iPad3

        Does that answer you question?

      • http://www.facebook.com/jamie.tilden.9 Jamie Tilden

        So you spend tens of thousands of dollars on products that you continually criticize and software that you repeatedly state is lame?

      • http://www.facebook.com/joe.jonsen Joe Jonsen

        I am a realist so even if i like something i will still acknowledge the negatives and the positives about it.. most humans are too weak and scared to do that.. I believe in objectivity and rational assessment.. emotions and feelings and opinions do nothing for me.

      • http://www.facebook.com/jamie.tilden.9 Jamie Tilden

        Yeah I can do that too. My iPad Mini is great. But it doesn’t have Retina display; that’s a negative. Elevating yourself above “most humans [who are] too weak” does not make you a critical thinker or a realist. It simply makes you a huge douche bag.

      • http://www.facebook.com/joe.jonsen Joe Jonsen

        My facts are still true… ipad mini should have had retina FACT.. you are too emotional FACT..lol

      • LAGISSUEZ

        Let me get in on this. Don’t presume to know why apple chose to go the non retina route for the iPad mini. We all feel the same way. We all know through apples history that they start with the lower tech and upgrade it in the next iteration. What “I” think” is that apple didn’t know exactly how we may have responded to an iPad mini so they played it safe and “just incase” it didn’t sell well , they will have not invested all of their resources into it. That’s actually just one scenario I’ve thought of. Btw, both of you sound like children acting the way you are. That’s my opinion too.

      • http://www.facebook.com/dany.quirion Dany Quirion

        Yes exactly why i was asking since you just bash apple

      • http://www.facebook.com/joe.jonsen Joe Jonsen

        I bash apple for getting lazy and greedy and boring all of which they have done.. and they deserved to be bashed for it.. its called tough love

    • http://www.facebook.com/jamie.tilden.9 Jamie Tilden

      The point of journalism is to be unbiased. Of course, that’s nearly impossible and bias even shows through with iDB, but they can’t write a headline as bias and slanted as you suggested. What you suggest would’ve purposely bashed Apple for their initial iPad Mini release; that’s not necessary.

      • http://www.facebook.com/joe.jonsen Joe Jonsen

        ummm its okay to be “biased” against backward movement in technology by companies for the sake of greed and profits such as putting 2 year old ipad2 tech in a brand new ipad mini product that should have at least matched the ipad3 in performance…FACT

      • http://www.facebook.com/jamie.tilden.9 Jamie Tilden

        Using the word “should” can never be fact. What you just said is a normative statement. That is not fact, but a subjective thought. You’ve proven over and over again – within this article’s comment section alone – that you do not know the difference between fact and opinion.

      • http://www.facebook.com/joe.jonsen Joe Jonsen

        lol…. the ipad mini should have had the latest retina screen technology FACT!!!

    • ExRoot

      Shocking news. Never imagined. Read it here first!

      • http://www.facebook.com/joe.jonsen Joe Jonsen

        exactly..

  • sambuzzlight

    they damn better be!

    • ndcart

      Why? The existing display is just fine for it’s size.

      • http://www.facebook.com/stephen.m.simon Stephen Michael Simon

        OR is the reason people like me spent the extra money for the iPad 4 and its Retina Display…

      • http://www.facebook.com/joe.jonsen Joe Jonsen

        ipad 4 is the perfect ipad… just needs a jailbreak now..

      • Lordthree

        People who don’t own one don’t seem to understand. I’ve got iPad 1, 4, and mini. The only one I use regularly (all the time) is the Mini.

      • http://www.facebook.com/joe.jonsen Joe Jonsen

        I sold my ipad one a looooong time ago.. non retina screens hurt my eyes now that i have been spoiled by retina for 2+ years..lol

      • ndcart

        In bigger screens I can understand that, but not on something the size of the mini. I could care less if my iPhone had a retina screen too.

      • http://www.facebook.com/joe.jonsen Joe Jonsen

        ummm are you serious????????????????????????????

      • Ben

        But 3 hours ago when you were listing all of your Apple devices you said you have an iPad 1.

      • http://www.facebook.com/joe.jonsen Joe Jonsen

        um no its not… the ipod touch is smaller and has retina even the old ipod touch 4G has “almost retina”… we all know apple when cheap on tech on purpose to make more money thats all

      • macboy74

        So why buy their products? If you hate Apple so much why go on Apple related blogs? Why not get an Android device? If you did you would bitch about the problems it has. And the iPod touch 4th gen was retina

      • http://www.facebook.com/joe.jonsen Joe Jonsen

        no ipad touch 4g had a resolution slightlyy lower than the iphone4.. Clearly i love apple and love them so much that i have many apple products and wish for them to make decisions that benefit me as a tech consumer…

      • sambuzzlight

        what was the point of releasing a non-retina display then? should have been retina in first place.

      • RobbyRob4

        You know I hate to be the guy to agrees with Joe but he has a point. I too often complain about things apple lack in but I love apple products. Why do most apple users turn a blind eye or simply not accept the that like every other company out there apple fucks up sometimes. Nothing is perfect. Not even apple. GASP!!! yes its true folks, even apple. I bet you guys are the type that say We love the new maps what are you talking about!?!?!?!? LOL..

  • Mohammad Ridwan

    No shit, Sherlock

    • http://www.facebook.com/joe.jonsen Joe Jonsen

      thank you…

  • SoCoMagNuM

    That should have been in there in the first place…i would have gotten one at launch. Apple just wanted to milk early adopters. Well of next ipad mini gets retina then that will be when i add iOS back into my circles.

    • http://www.facebook.com/joe.jonsen Joe Jonsen

      Exactly…

      • SoCoMagNuM

        Its going to be revolutionary lol

  • http://www.facebook.com/jamie.tilden.9 Jamie Tilden

    I recently bought an iPad Mini. And I love it. It’s my first iPad, and although the current iPad is Retina supported, I wouldn’t have wanted it as my first iPad; it’s bulky and not very convenient. The Mini is essentially perfect, apart from lacking Retina display. But I view it as an investment. With iDB, I will know well in advance when the Retina supported Mini update will be released. Then, I will sell my first gen. iPad Mini and put that money towards the Retina display update. I could continue this cycle, ideally, as long as I want, and always have the most update iPad Mini. Can’t wait!

  • http://twitter.com/CunOTHERside jose carlos

    FUCK APPLE