iPad mini With Retina Display, Lighter iPad Arriving?

By Prarthito Maity | Dec 17, 2012 01:49 PM EST

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Apple is one of the top companies to be in rumors for the most part of any year, and this year is no different with rumors about new Apple products already doing rounds on the web as the current year draws to a close.

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Now, per reports, Apple is said to be planning on bringing the highly expected Retina display to the iPad mini. This, however, may not come as a shock to most Apple fans after the Retina display was already expected to arrive with the unveiling of the recent iPad mini.

However, expectations fell flat after the Apple-made device came with a relatively smaller resolution and became one of the key disappointments for many. Moreover, while the new iPad mini is at par with the iPad 2, even on a smaller screen, other competing products such as the Nexus 7 already offer somewhat higher resolutions (even on screens that are almost one inch smaller).

Nonetheless, the Taiwan-based backlighting industry sources also claim that apart from a probable 2048 x 1536 resolution, which is the same as on the iPad 3 and iPad 4, for the iPad mini, the full-size iPad will be lighter. The aforementioned changes to the iPad mini will also bring the ppi rating all the way to 324 for the smaller iteration of the iPad.

“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,” a Digitimes report states. “That means if the iPad mini uses Apple's current Retina Display technology, it will have a 2058 by 1536 resolution and 326ppi.”

Apple, also, is reportedly planning to ditch one of the two LED backlighting bars to achieve this, although, as mentioned earlier, these are all rumors at the moment.

This is a new development for a new iPad mini after rumors about the other rumored Apple smartphone iPhone 5S have been doing the rounds.

At the time, the details regarding the device’s hardware came from Jefferies analyst Peter Misek who believed that the new smartphone could arrive with "super HD camera/screen, a better battery, and NFC," and "possible updates include an IGZO screen for Retina+, 128GB storage."

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