According to a report from Digitimes, Taiwan-based backlighting industry sources say Apple’s next generation iPad mini will have a better display resolution, but short of any confirmation of a Retina display:
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.
Digitimes says if the iPad mini goes Retina, it will sport the same 2048 x 1536 resolution currently available in the 3rd and 4th gen iPads. Speaking of the latter, the heavy weight we’re all used to could be reduced as Apple might remove an LED light bar:
Meanwhile, the sources also said that Apple will restructure the lighting of the next-generation 9.7-inch iPad from two LED light bars to one in order to decrease the device’s overall weight.
The iPad mini is the only member of the iOS device family (iPod touch, iPhone, iPad) that lacks a Retina display. I’m sure Apple’s going to change this, it’s inevitable. As for the heavier 9.7″ iPad, we would think it would just get lighter in the next generation instead of getting heavier. Probably not by much, but just enough to make a difference.