Apple’s iPad mini won’t have Retina display

“Manufacturers in China have begun assembling a new, smaller tablet computer for Apple, The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday,” Eric Zeman reports for InformationWeek. “Unnamed executives from component suppliers said that production of the tablet is under way. Production typically begins several weeks before Apple brings its new devices to market.”

“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.


  1. I think the key factor for the success of the Mini-iPad won’t be because of a non-retina display but be based on the price of the unit. Don’t get me wrong I’d rather it all be all Retina quality myself, I’d gladly pay more for the option.

    1. The ‘key factor’ of the vacuumware iPad ‘Mini’ will be price?

      The so-called ‘competitors’ in that so-called ‘market’ are Amazon and Google who ‘sell’ (aka buy market share) BELOW COST.

      So Apple gives a rat’s about selling BELOW COST because WHY?!

      If this vacuumware ever comes true, Apple will do one thing: Sell the highest QUALITY ‘mini’ on the market. The price will reflect the quality.

      So the customers would be stuck with this dilemma in the so called ~7″ ‘market’: Buy cheap crap, or buy an Apple. That is ever the case in the markets Apple chooses to enter.

      1. I tend to agree with you but many people buy what they can afford not what they can’t. This might explain why Apple is not including a retina display with the iPad mini but it’s just a guess.

  2. I’m looking for a lighter more portable version of the IPad. I expect Apple quality on this device. There is a lot of competition in this market, and the Galaxy 7 has set the bar. I hope the mini hardware one ups this. Just relying on ecosystem when the hardware sucks is a waste.

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