A new on the Web is saying that the completely new and refurbished iPad Mini might be scheduled to arrive without the much rumored Retina display. This report comes from NPD DisplaySearch, which is latest in the line of speculations about Apple’s future plans.
This report doesn’t exclude the possibility of a Retina version of this next gen iPad Mini. However, it only says that before this, we will see a slimmer tablet and another iPad with a 9.7-inch display equipped with the new A7 processor chip. It is said that this Mini tablet will have a 1,024×768 pixel resolution which is equal to the present iPad Mini. It’s expected the new iPad Mini to have the latest A6 processor that is an upgrade from the present A5 chip placed on the current version.
iPad Mini 2 (I guess this will be the name of it) will use the same 7.9-inch display that has a 1024×768 pixel resolution. It will run on the new iOS 7 that was launched for developers earlier this month. Richard Shim is the main analyst in this report. He added that this next gen iPad Mini will be thinner than the present version and will include the A6 processor chip. Before this, we had a different report from Citi Research, saying that the production of the Retinas has been postponed for 2014. This was reported last week and Apple declined to comment on this. So, the report from NPD might be more reliable because it’s released a week after this and Shim might have gathered more information from his reliable sources.
Another iPad Mini is scheduled for production in Q1 2014. That device will have the Retina display and it will run on the iOS 7. According to Shim, this device might have a 2,048×1,536 QXGA display. According to other source, IHS iSuppli, the production of the displays is set to begin in Q3 this year. It was noted that from previous experience, the display makers are manufacturing high volume displays 1 or 2 quarters before Apple uses the display.
In the report, DisplaySearch has added that 60%-40% will be the shipment proportion between iPad Mini and iPad this year. Apple declined to comment on this, as usual, and left us to expect all the things that were said by now about its future plans and devices.