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It's due out in the fourth quarter

Apple may be preparing an iPad mini with a retina display for the holiday season, according to a new report from The Wall Street Journal

Apple is reportedly looking to release its next-generation iPad mini in the fourth quarter of this year, and while some new features have been discussed -- like colorful back covers -- the main draw seems to be the addition of retina display. 

The original iPad mini, which was released in November 2012, had a 1024x768 resolution display. Apple is likely bumping it up to retina display in order to keep up with the likes of Google, which just announced its newest 7-inch Nexus 7 tablet with a higher resolution than the former. 

What's more is that Apple is leaning on Samsung to make its displays for the next iPad mini, which seems to be the opposite of what both companies are trying to accomplish -- distancing themselves from one another.

Apple plans to use Sharp and LG Display for its next iPad mini screens, but later added Samsung to the list to make sure enough displays are produced in time. Apple and Samsung may be competitors in the mobile device realm, but the fact is that Samsung has the capability to keep up with production and offer the quality Apple wants.


Apple and Samsung have engaged in a nasty patent war since 2011, which started when Apple accused Samsung of copying the iPad/iPhone for its Galaxy line. Between that and the fact that the Galaxy line has blown up in popularity -- making it Apple's main competitor in the smartphone/tablet sector -- the two haven't been getting along and are trying to put some space in their relationship. 

In October 2012, Samsung Display -- which provided Apple with liquid crystal display (LCD) panels for its iPhones and iPads over the years -- officially severed its contract with Apple. Samsung cited cost as the main issue, since Apple has started using Samsung competitors with better prices for displays recently. Hence, Apple was expecting bigger discounts from Samsung.

Earlier this year, Samsung's President of LSI business Stephen Woo said that it's crucial for the South Korean electronics maker to focus on alternatives to Apple when it comes to the chip sector.
 
"As there are just two smartphone makers that are doing really well, chipmakers supplying them have grown in tandem. So we plan to bolster our relationship with those key customers," said Woo.

"(We) should diversify our customer base and are making such efforts already, adding some Chinese customers. We see emerging players who have potential to grow in smartphones and we will continue to make efforts to supply them with our chips."

Source: The Wall Street Journal



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By Shadowself on 8/1/2013 5:09:24 PM , Rating: 2
I've heard so many conflicting rumors it's impossible for me to figure out what is really going on with the next iPad mini:

Retina Display (2048x1536) versus No Retinal Display (1024x768)
A6 processor versus A6X processor versus A5X processor
802.11n WiFi versus 802.11ac WiFi
Up to 64 GB Flash versus up to 128 GB Flash
Liquid metal back versus aluminum back versus polycarbonate back
and on and on
The lists of conflicting "reports"/"rumors" seems to have no end.

It will be interesting to see what Apple finally ships and how it (they) stack(s) up to the competition.

The 1024x768 was not that bad -- for 2012. Not state of the art last year, but not completely out of it. Besides it fit with Apple's theme of minimizing the number of different resolutions iOS and developers for iOS have to support. There are currently only a grand total of five different resolutions: Two for iPads and three for iPhones and iPods.

People can debate whether this is a good thing or not (personally, I'm neutral as I don't have an iPad nor do I intend to buy one no matter what comes out), but in Apple's mind this simplifies everything and makes the "experience" much better (besides making it easier for Apple and the developers).


By retrospooty on 8/1/2013 5:31:14 PM , Rating: 2
We probably are looking at 2 devices. A lower end non- retina and a higher end retina. If they only put out a non retina iPad mini, its going to be a laughing stock. Come on, 1280x800 was last years standard in the small tablet range. Other than that lack, its a fantasic lil tablet.


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