Work on Retina display iPad mini 2 under way?

David Price
7 December, 2012
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One of Apple’s key display suppliers is already gearing up to provide Retina screen panels for the iPad mini 2, according to Chinese sources.

Chief among the rumours is  one obvious amendment that a lot of fans would like to see Apple make to the iPad mini tablet launched so recently: Add a Retina display.

Odd one out. Of the three (iPhone, iPad mini and iPad) the iPad mini is currently the only device without Retina display.

For various reasons – among them cost and the ability to use iPad 2-optimised apps – Apple chose not to give the iPad mini a Retina display (the term it uses for a display with such high pixel density that when held at a normal distance the eye cannot tell it’s looking at a screen).

The iPad mini was the first non-Retina iOS device from Apple since the iPad 2 in March last year, and a lot of people were disappointed, even though going non-Retina made sense in a lot of ways.

So now the most obvious upgrade from iPad mini to iPad mini 2  is to add a whole lot more pixels. And AU Optronics, one of the firms supplying 1024 x 768 (non-Retina) screen panels for the iPad mini 1, is reportedly already gearing up to supply 2048 x 1536 panels in the same dimensions for the follow-up launch.

Intriguingly, MENAFN adds that one further obstacle to Retina iPad minis the first time around was a technical one, and that AU Optronics has overcome this by adopting IGZO (indium gallium zinc oxide) technology to prolong battery life.

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