iPad mini 2 with Retina Display may land in fall

News Marin Perez 08:49, Mar 20 2013

A new report about components suggests the iPad mini 2 with a retina display could be available in the third quarter

Apple is prepping the iPad mini 2 with the retina display and it is expected to be released this fall, according to a new rumor that also claims Apple plans to ship a lot of its smaller-sized tablets. 

A report check in on Chinese component manufacturers suggested that Apple is working on bringing the retina display to the iPad mini 2 and it could provide a big selling point for this tablet. While we definitely loved the iPad mini in our full review, the lack of a super high-quality screen was a detracting point from an otherwise great device. 

The report also quotes Chinese manufacturers that said Apple is expecting to order 55 million iPad mini units this year, and combined with the full-sized iPad, it could be looking to sell more than 100 million iPads in 2013. That would definitely keep Apple in the driver's seat in the tablet market. 

There has been some fierce debate about whether the iPad mini 2 will have a retina display. Some will look at reports like this and say that Apple definitely has to do it in order to keep up with the competition. Tech enthusiasts have also been clamoring for the retina display on the iPad mini 2. 

On the other hand, some have pointed out that it took Apple at least three generations of products to get a Retina display on its iPhone and larger-sized iPad, so perhaps the kinks aren't quite worked out yet. Apple may not have cracked the nut on how to include a retina display on the iPad mini 2 without sacrificing battery life, performance or overall size. 

This report comes as we've also heard rumors that Apple could be introducing the iPad 5 in just a few weeks. That rumor also had a brief mention of a new iPad mini but this one said that the iPad mini 2 would just have a minor spec update and not change the screen dramatically. 

[Via CNYes (link is in Chinese)]

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