When the first iPad mini was announced I was disappointed with the lack of the high pixel density Retina Display. I felt like Apple had cheated us of what could be a truly great Apple standard product but instead showed us a seven inch second generation iPad. It was at this point that I finally hung up my Apple fanboy cape to wear the Android cape on a more permanent basis. But will it last?
According to NPD DisplaySearch analyst Richard Shim, the second generation iPad will come with a Retina Display but this time it’ll be supplied by LG rather than previous supplyer Samsung. Some could say it’s due to the various lawsuits the two companies have been involved in, but Shim seems sure it’s because “LGD is becoming a much bigger supplier than before,” and if what Shim predicts is true we could expect the 7.9-inch Retina iPad Mini (2?) to have a resolution of 2,048 x 1,536 which is close to the pixel resolution of the iPhone 5. That would make the iPad Mini (2?) the first tablet with such a high pixel density.
The question is, can Apple supply both an amazing looking tablet, and an affordable price tag? If the current sales reports of the iPad Mini are anything to go by, probably not. With such huge competitors at such affordable prices (Kindle Fire HD and the Nexus 7 both at £159) the small tablet market might be something Apple may have to miss out on.
Of course this article is based on an analyst’s predictions. As with any rumour or leak take it with a pinch of salt Apple might not even release another iPad Mini this year!