Report: Apple Prepping Retina iPad Mini With Samsung Display

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When the iPad mini made its debut last year, the general consensus was that, aside from the display, the device was the best 7-inch tablet on the market.

For technical reasons, Apple reportedly avoided a Retina display in order to preserve battery life and thinness. Now it appears those concerns may have been overblown as a new report indicates that Apple is prepping an updated iPad mini that will indeed include a Retina display.

The report, based on a source in contact with The Wall Street Journal, claims that Apple will not only give the next iPad mini the Retina display, but that the display will come from none other than rival Samsung, with production beginning in the fourth quarter of this year.

According to the source, Apple initially planned to only use Sharp and LG Display to source the new high-resolution screen for the iPad mini, but later decided to add Samsung Display Co. to the supply chain in order to ensure its ability to meet what will almost certainly be high demand for the new tablet.

And, contrary to what some Apple watchers have indicated, the report claims that the new Retina version of the iPad mini will retain its 7.9-inch frame and 7.2-millimeter thinness. In recent weeks, concerns about the technical logistics surrounding a high-resolution display in such a small tablet have been further dismissed following the debut of the second-generation Nexus 7, which sports a high-resolution display that has some calling the device the new leader of the 7-inch tablet category.

Just last month, hints of an iPad mini with a Retina display leaked from a source in Asia, signaling that the device may hit store shelves sometime in early 2014. This latest report could end up hurting iPad mini sales in the short run, as consumers wait for a better version of the device. But if Apple can deliver the new tablet by the beginning of next year or sooner, it would almost certainly give the new Nexus 7 a run for its money.

By Adario Strange, PCMag


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