Apple Next-Gen iPad Mini Tipped to Feature 324ppi Retina Display

Though Apple fans have only been enjoying iPad mini since November, rumors regarding the next-generation are heating up.

Though Apple has faced critics considering absence of Retina display in the first-generation iPad mini, it looks like it is soon to change. Photo: Ekkapong Techawongthaworn/Flickr

Apple plans to include a 7.9-inch, 2048×1536 pixel display on the second-generation tablet iPad Mini, according to investment news wire BrightWire.

“Sources with Taiwan-based Apple suppliers said earlier Sunday that AU Optronics is piloting the production of the 7.9-inch iPad mini 2,” the site writes. “The model’s resolution and pixel density stand at 2048×1536 pixels and 324ppi, respectively.”

However, packing all of those pixels into the 7.9-inch display would increase the density. So, the 324 PPI on the Mini would exceed the 264 PPI on the Retina iPad and would be just shy of the iPhone’s 326, CNET explains.

By the way, similar reports surfaces a few months ago and cited the same resolution and even the same screen manufacturer, AU Optronics.

Back in Novermber Chinese-language DoNews said revealed that iPad Mini display maker AUO is working on a 2,048×1,536 pixel resolution display for the next version of the famous iPad Mini.

However, that time the source assured that the highly anticipated device would feature the same resolution of the 9.7-inch Retina display and would translate to a 300-plus pixel density.

Last week Apple officially introduced a 128GB version of its fourth generation iPad – iPad with Retina display.

After a week of rumours on the matter, Apple announced that it starts selling a highly expected 128GB model of its fourth-generation iPad today, February 5.

The famous device will be available in black and white, as well as in Wi-Fi only or Wi-Fi and cellular models.

While consumers are going to love the extra choice, and hardcore users will flock to the extra storage capacity, it’s the Android tablet manufacturers that are going to be crunching the numbers overnight.

Featuring the exact same specifications as the current model, but with double the storage capacity of the former top-end model, the 128GB iPad has an A6X dual-core processor, 2048 x 1536 resolution 9.7-inch Retina display (264ppi), and 5-megapixel rear-facing camera capable of 1080p video recording.

The front 1.2-megapixel FaceTime camera is capable of 720p HD video. Siri is on board and the tablet features Apple’s Lightning connection, writes the Pocket-lint.

“With more than 120 million iPads sold, it’s clear that customers around the world love their iPads, and everyday they are finding more great reasons to work, learn and play on their iPads rather than their old PCs,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing.

“With twice the storage capacity and an unparalleled selection of over 300,000 native iPad apps, enterprises, educators and artists have even more reasons to use iPad for all their business and personal needs.”

The new models ring in at $799 for the Wi-Fi only, or $929 for the version with 4G LTE connectivity. That’s $100 more than the 64GB model, which is $100 more than the 32GB model, which is – you guessed it – $100 more than the 16GB iPad.

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