Apple’s next-gen iPad mini rumored to feature Retina display; slated for June launch

“The successor of the popular iPad Mini is rumoured to be released after the launch of Google’s Nexus 7.7 in May. Thus, release date points to June,” Kristin Dian Mariano reports for The International Business Times. “Recent reports indicate the iPad Mini 2 will be an attempt to bring the iPad Mini design up to a premium standard alongside its larger counterpart with a Retina display and a processor upgrade, so we would expect the price to be relatively high accordingly.”

“According to reports, iPad Mini 2 will feature a screen with a resolution of 2048 x 1536,” Mariano reports. “This is almost four times the resolution of the present iPad Mini and is equal to the fourth generation iPad which was released along with the iPad Mini last year. AU Optronics has been rumoured to be making displays for the iPad Mini 2.”

Mariano reports, “Other specs include a more powerful dual core A7 processor and a 7.9 inch screen. It will also feature a 10-hour battery life, a FaceTime HD camera, and an iSight camera with 1080 pixels HD video recording. Apple is also trying to reduce the thickness of the iPad Mini 2 by using the Sharp’s IGZO (indium gallium zinc oxide) technology in its screens.”

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18 Comments

  1. Sorry to say this, stock-watchers, but I don’t predict any special events or debuts until June. 2013 is back-loaded, it seems to me. It’ll likely be a quiet next few months.

    1. Agreed, NB. Apple had a raft of new product releases late last year. I would not expect another major product release from Apple until May/June. Of course, Apple is welcome to prove me wrong!

  2. IMO, 1080p is overkill for phone video. 720p is established consumer-grade HD. 1080p storage requirements are huge, as are transfer times (even if H.265 is concurrently released.)

  3. She loses all credibility with this; “so we would expect the price to be relatively high accordingly.” Historically, Apple keeps the same price when upgrading devices. Has anyone else heard of International Business Times?

  4. Um…
    ““According to reports, iPad Mini 2 will feature a screen with a resolution of 2048 x 1536,” Mariano reports. “This is almost four times the resolution of the present iPad Mini and is equal to the fourth generation iPad which was released along with the iPad Mini last year.”
    WRONG…. This is EXACTLY four times the resolution! How is that so hard to comprehend?

    1. You beat me to it. What is this journalistic conceit that it’s inappropriate to say something is EXACTLY equivalent to something else? You’re exactly correct in noting that the proposed Retina display has exactly four times the number of pixels as the current iPad mini. Today’s journalists seem in a mind lock of legal second guessing about being precise, afraid of someone contradicting them, so they speak in ambiguities and caveats.

  5. It might be smart for Apple to offer a telephone chip option for the iPad Mini (and the iPad, too) for those people who feel they need a big screen phone. What is the harm in that? Why let the business go elsewhere?

  6. I just hope they keep the same thinness and weight. Because it’s almost perfect now. If anything thinner and lighter but I hope they don’t go the other way like when iPad first went to retina.

    1. And more than likely the new mini will be powered by the process-shrunk A5X used in the new Apple tv.
      Apple would not put so much effort into the low volume Apple tv chip unless they had plans to use it elsewhere. I see it going into the new iPad min and maybe the lower cost iPhone if one is released.

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