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iPad Mini Retina Display may surpass iPad 4

The next-gen iPad Mini's screen will have lots and lots of pixels, according to a Chinese-language report.

A Retina version of the iPad Mini next?
Is a Retina version of the iPad Mini next? Apple

The iPad Mini is ripe for a Retina display -- and it's already in the works, according to the latest Asia-based gossip.

The "iPad Mini 2" will have a Retina screen boasting 324 pixels per inch (PPI), according to a Chinese language report via BrightWire.

That's based on an 7.9-inch iPad Mini with 2,048x1,536 resolution display -- which simply doubles the resolution of the current iPad Mini's 1,024x768 screen.

And that's the same resolution of the current 9.7-inch Retina iPad.

But packing all of those pixels into the Mini's smaller 7.9-inch display means the density jumps. So, the 324 PPI on the Mini would exceed the 264 PPI on the Retina iPad and would be just shy of the iPhone's 326.

A similar report surfaced in November, which cited the same resolution and even the same screen manufacturer, AU Optronics.

Of course, you really don't need a source in the supply chain to speculate about a future Retina version of the iPad Mini.

After all, the Mini is sandwiched between two marquee Apple products with Retina displays -- the iPhone 5 and iPad 4.

And one of the most consistent criticisms of the Mini is its grainy 163 pixels-per-inch display. So, Apple would be remiss if it didn't address this shortcoming at some point.

Timing of a Retina Mini is still unclear. But it may happen later rather than sooner, according to Vinita Jakhanwal, an analyst at IHS iSuppli.

Making sure there is a stable supply of a Retina-class display in the volumes that Apple demands is no easy undertaking -- especially when the Mini continues to see keen demand, even three months after its introduction on November 2.

[Via AppleInsider ]

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