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The production ramp-up of the next-generation iPad mini is about to begin, and according to the Wall Street Journal, the 7.9-inch tablet will “likely” have a Retina display. That’s Apple’s high-definition display technology that’s already in the original iPad and the iPhone. Now that Google’s new Nexus 7 tablet is going to ship with its own extremely high-res display, people are looking to see if Apple will match it in specs with the iPad mini. Apple is also considering colored back panels of the mini’s casing, according to the report.

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  1. Since the Wall Street Journal article is paywalled, I can’t get the detials. What are they basing the “likely” on?

    As experienced in the past, hoping for Apple to do something because a competitor has or we want them to, won’t make it happen. There are three things Apple won’t do to put a higher resolution screen in the mini. 1. Make it thicker. 2. Shorten batterly life 3. create a new screen resolution size.

    To increase resolution on the Mini, Apple would have to go to 2048 x 1536. (or some doubling of the iPhone 4 or iPhone 5 pixel counts. 1920 x 1280 or 2272 x 1280) To power twice the screen pixels for the same amount of time the battery capacity will have to be increased. Apple is pretty tech savy, but they can’t bend space time yet.

    My guess, which I think is just as good as Wall Street Journal’s, is that the iPad Mini will keep the 1024×768 screen. The tech pundits will predict the demise of Apple, the stock will go down, and Apple will sell more Mini’s then they did previously.

  2. I have to disagree Apple brought out the iPad 3 was thicker, but had the retina display. iPad Mini was so thin it’s really nice, but I could take a bit heavier, thicker tablet if it gave me that quality.
    Also it would be good enough if Apple just increase the resolution of the present iPad mini. Let’s say 1200 or so. I guarantee you I would buy one!

  3. with Samsung retina display

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