iPad Mini was announced by Apple in late October and debuted on November 2nd. One of the biggest drawbacks of the iOS 6-powered slate is the display resolution, which is not on par with the ones of its competitors, Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire HD.
It seems though that apple will fit a Retina Display in iPad Mini 2, as the Cupertino-based company is already developing a new screen with their AU Optronics partners. A China-based website has received details from a source inside Apple’s partner, claiming that the Retina Display for iPad Mini will enter production in the second half of 2013. It seems that we are talking about a 7.9-inch display with a resolution of 2,048 x 1,536 pixels and a pixel density of 324 ppi.
Basically the resolution and the pixel density of the current iPad Mini will be doubled. Apple had no alternative than launching an iPad Mini without Retina Display, meant to test the market and keep the production costs as low as possible, then introduce a better display on the next gen. Rumors like this one will definitely harm current iPad Mini’s sales, but it don’t see Apple launching the next-gen 7.9-inch slate sooner than fall of 2013.
I remind you that iPad Mini sports a 7.9-inch display with a resolution of 768 x 1024 pixels, being powered by an Apple A5 processor clocked at 1 GHz. The tablet comes with a PowerVR SGX543MP2, 512 MB of RAM and has 16, 32, or 64 GB of internal storage. The front facing camera can handle HD FaceTime calls, while the 5 megapixel sensor on the back is capable of recording full HD videos.
In terms of connectivity, iPad Mini comes with Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n dual-band, Bluetooth, 4G LTE support and the new Lightning connector that debuted on the iPhone 5.