The likelihood of an upgrade for the iPad mini display with the second generation is high, DisplaySearch informed CNET. But the iPad mini 2 release date is a mystery at this point: Analysts and even DisplaySearch forecast a third quarter or fourth quarter launch.
Rumours of a Retina Display iPad mini were around before the device was unveiled last year, but Apple decided to go with a 1,024 x 768 pixel display. The next step could be to go Retina, which means the 7.9-inch tablet would sport a 2,048 x 1,536 pixel display, according to Paul Semenza of DisplaySearch.
This means the Retina Display iPad mini would get close to that of the iPhone’s display with a pixel density of 324 pixels per inch – a big step ahead, compared to the current version’s 163 ppi.
DisplaySearch also named a couple candidates for providing the display: According to Semenza’s channel checks LG Display, AUO, Japan Display and even Sharp are the best options for Apple.
A strong candidate would be Japan Display – which provides iPhone 5 displays for Apple – as the company shows a desire to get into tablets, Semenza said. And like LG Display, the company has the very strong technology needed to provide very high resolution.
Going Retina, however, also triggers design changes – and would add additional costs to the total bill of materials – like we’ve seen with the iPad 3, which is thicker and heaver than the non-Retina predecessor, the iPad 2.
Semeza also pointed to the competition: We will likely see an updated Nexus 7 before the iPad mini 2 launch, he says. Google also aims high: According to Semenza, the potential of stepping up to a 1,900 x 1,200 HD+ format is high, which would boost the new display’s pixel density to 323 ppi.
Whatever Apple’s choice will be, the consumers seem to love their iPad minis with the current pixel density – but competition is always good for us, the consumers.