“The tablet, which many refer to as the iPad Mini, will have a 7.85-inch screen. The regular iPad’s screen measures 9.7 inches diagonally. The most stunning revelation to come from The Journal story is that the iPad Mini’s screen will not be a Retina Display,” Zeman reports. “It will use the same liquid crystal display technology that the larger iPad does, but it won’t have a resolution high enough to merit the ‘Retina’ descriptor.”
Zeman reports, “Given how Apple prefers to make things easier for iOS developers, it might stick with a resolution that’s similar to its other devices. For example, it would make sense for Apple to pick 1024 x 768 pixels, which is the same resolution shared by the iPad and iPad 2. That would be a competitive resolution for a device with a 7.85-inch display, even if Apple can’t market it as a Retina Display.”
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MacDailyNews Take: The only display that matters in that part of the tablet market is the price tag.
Apple can create a higher end iPad mini with Retina display whenever (ifever) they feel there’s a market for it.