Retina iPad Mini Predicted for Q3 or Q4 of This Year

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DisplaySearch analyst Paul Semenza believes that Apple could release an iPad mini with a Retina Display in the third or fourth quarter of 2013, reports CNET.

"We're seeing potential in the third quarter of panel production for a higher-resolution iPad Mini," DisplaySearch analyst Paul Semenza told CNET today. "When would the Mini be available? Could be third quarter or fourth quarter," he said.

A Retina Display iPad Mini would have a 2048x1536 resolution display with a pixel density of 324 ppi. LG Display is a strong candidate to make the display but AUO, Japan Display, and even Sharp are possibilities, said Semenza.

Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster has also predicted a Retina Display later in the year.

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Pod5G - March 17, 2013 at 6:49am
The only constant option on every device is change. Get used to it. Pretty much every gadget these days has to be replaced every few years or sooner. You can't tell them how to run their bussiness. You dont like it, you don't buy it.
Zetaprime - March 16, 2013 at 9:30am
They should have made it retina right from the get-go. They always seem to put out stuff with less than state-of-the-art capabilities and then add them later so that folks have to buy a new device the next year to get what they should have had in the first place. It seems all these products are a year behind what they ought to be. I'm not a 'sour grapes' complainer here. I never bought the iPad Mini because I felt that Apple really dropped the ball on the Mini, and that it was overpriced for what you were getting. I ended up with a Nexus 7, which turned out to give a lot more bang for the buck for a small form tablet (I already have the full size iPad and was looking for something more easily held for reading).
ratGT - March 16, 2013 at 3:10pm
I was interested in purchasing an iPad mini, but I simply had held off and I'm going to be buying the Retina version as soon as it comes out. Nobody forced me into buying this model. Just like with iPhone 5 – I'm going to be waiting for the 5S version, because nobody stopped me from avoiding purchasing the current model. As for the supposed alternatives that are out on the market: after all this time of testing my needs into other platforms, I have concluded that nothing can replace at the moment Apple's supreme ecosystem. It simply integrates all my devices seamlessly, ranging from mobiles up to PC work stations, without any hassles, glitches and intervention of third-party solutions. And that's EXACTLY what I call a premium solution - I 'waste' the minimum amount of time to make things work and co-operate, and spend instead my precious time concentrating on my work and my family/friends!
Blah - March 16, 2013 at 9:14am
Anxiously waiting with a fistful of cash. Why did they bother with the low resolution. Make the device. Price afterwards.
Lance - March 16, 2013 at 7:23am
For less than the price of what the upcoming Mini iPad will cost, the new Novo 9 Spark for $269 offers a full size 9.7 Inch Android tablet with a Retina display and a Quad Core Processor -- with one of the first resellers in the U.S. to offer this new model is a site called TabletSprint -- The Novo 9 Spark runs Android 4.1 (upgradable to 4.2) and features a 9.7 inch 2048x1536 IPS screen and a Quad Core processor/1.5 Ghz/2GB - along with a powerful 10,000 mAh battery, 32GB Memory, Android 4.1 O/S Jelly Bean, a MicroSD memory card slot, the new high end 4K Digital HDMI, a 2 MP Front webcam and a 5 Megapixel Rear Camera with AF and Flash and comes preinstalled with Google Play Store. The Novo 7 Venus also launched this month and is a 7 inch Tablet that compares to the popular Nexus 7 - and features a Quad Core processor, 1280x800 IPS screen, 16GB memory, a front webcam, Android O/S and Google Play Store preinstalled... all of which are found on the Nexus 7 -- while also offering a number of features the Nexus 7 doesn't - including a 2-megapixel rear camera, a MicroSD memory card slot, and an HDMI 1080p port; plus options for 3G/4G internet connection-- Ainol Electronics make both these new models and is known for winning runner up for best-tablet-of-the-year in 2012 at the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) -- The site TabletSprint also offers $25 in Bonus Apps as well as a promotion with a free 500MB monthly Data plan for 4G internet access that includes a free 4G USB adapter--
Zetaprime - March 16, 2013 at 9:45am
One of the big pluses of the Nexus tablets is the fact that they run unadulterated Android OS and benefit from timely updates straight from Google. And the Nexus 7 at the time I bought it was about half the price of a comparable (32 gig) iPad Mini. The camera on my tablet is a very low priority since my phone fills that need quite nicely. SD storage is also irrelevant since I can store files in the cloud or at home on my NAS drives. HDMI also irrelevant since I have an app that gives the Nexus an airplay-like capability for watching videos on the TV.
Jedediah Johnson - March 16, 2013 at 4:16pm
Have fun with the crappy and laggy OS on those tablets. You'd think with the specs some android devices have these days they wouldn't be laggy and unstable as they are. And all those specs mean nothing If you don't have the quality and quantity of apps like the iPad has.
Wow - March 16, 2013 at 6:30am
Wow!!! Is this posible??? Retina in such a small screen? Fuck You apple for cheat us with non retina in first place!!
Zetaprime - March 16, 2013 at 9:34am
I'm not sure if your comment was meant to be sarcastic or not. I'll assume not. The iphone is a lot smaller and it manages to have retina display. It would have been perfectly reasonable to have had a retina Mini.
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