The highly anticipated iPad event is just a handful of days away now, and all eyes are on Apple, especially those eyeing the iPad mini 2: will Apple use a Retina display, or will they leave it unchanged? Earlier this week, AllThingsD suggested that a Retina iPad mini is coming, but today’s image leak posted on CtechCN suggests that Apple plans this hardware update for next year.
According to Macotakara — which has a good track record of leaking accurate information about Apple’s forthcoming products — the iPad mini 2 will have different dimensions, as the company has increased its width and thickness. His conclusion was based on iPad mini cases spotted at a Chinese expo. An increase in thickness suggests that a Retina display is coming to the 7.9 tablet.
CtechCN has allegedly obtained an iPad mini 2 with screen assembled. For those awaiting the Retina display, this may come as a disappointment: the next-generation iPad mini is even thinner than the currently available model. The iPad mini 2 measures 6.81 mm in thickness, while the iPad mini 1 measures 7.2 mm. When Apple added the Retina display to the iPad 3, it increased the depth of the tablet to accommodate a bigger battery. The leak suggests this won’t happen with the iPad mini 2.
Now, since this information isn’t confirmed, it has to be taken with a grain of salt. Are you after a Retina iPad mini?