iPad mini 2 expected to take retina display to a whole new level

News Stacy Warden 11:35, Feb 04 2013

Rumor suggests iPad mini 2 retina display will set an even higher standard for iOS products

iPad mini 2 rumors haven't been nearly as exciting as all the iPhone 6 talk we've heard lately -- but this one got us all pretty excited. It's no secret that Apple's second generation mini is expected to sport a retina display. That's been the most obvious upcoming feature since the original version launched without one. But Apple may have gone so far as to up its game by giving its tinier tablet an even slicker display than its full size version. 

Patently Apple reports that the iPad mini 2 could sport a 2048 x 1536 display at 324 pixels per inch. To give that some perspective, Apple's 9.7 inch iPad packs 264 pixels per inch:  

"The current iPad mini offers a 7.9‑inch (diagonal) LED-backlit Multi‑Touch display with IPS technology with 1024-by-768 resolution at 163 pixels per inch. News this morning from "My Drivers," a Chinese website covering the IT industry and product launches, is that AU Optronics is piloting the production of the iPad mini 2 that will deliver pixel density at 2048 x 1536 pixels at 324 pixels per inch. Apple's Flagship iPad with Retina offers 264 pixels per inch on a larger 9.7 display. So the iPad mini 2 is going to take the iPad's display to a whole new level."

It's unclear when Apple's iPad mini 2 will launch, but the original iPad mini is holding its own quite well in the meantime. Earlier this morning it was noted that shipping times dropped by one to three days for the iPad mini. Demand remains high, which tends to make you wonder why the company would bother equipping its follow-up version with an extra luxurious display.

We'll let you know when we hear more about the new retina display. In the meantime, catch up on all the latest iPad mini 2 gossip including release dates, prices and features in our rumor roundup. 


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