Apple Reportedly Planning Next-Gen iPad Mini with Retina Display
August 1, 2013 1:07 PM
comment(s) - last by
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."
The Wall Street Journal
This article is over a month old, voting and posting comments is disabled
8/2/2013 6:38:31 PM
Geez...not only a spammer, but an idiot to boot.
"So, I think the same thing of the music industry. They can't say that they're losing money, you know what I'm saying. They just probably don't have the same surplus that they had." -- Wu-Tang Clan founder RZA
Samsung Shys Away From Apple, Plans To Sell Chips to Chinese Smartphone Makers Instead
January 10, 2013, 11:14 AM
Samsung Display to Apple: I Want a Divorce
October 22, 2012, 1:53 PM
Doomsday for Samsung in U.S., Jury Rules it Slavishly Infringed Apple's Patents
August 24, 2012, 5:56 PM
BlackBerry Passport, Q5, and Z30 Go on Sale Till Dec. 30, Z30 is Nearly Sold Out
December 26, 2014, 4:04 PM
Despite Bump to $99/Year, Amazon Prime Attracts 10 Million New Customers
December 26, 2014, 3:08 PM
Qualcomm Snapdragon 810, New Gobi Modem Pass Cat. 9 LTE-A Test on UK's EE
December 25, 2014, 11:30 PM
Happy Holidays From DailyTech!!
December 24, 2014, 5:07 PM
Nokia's Sweet $250 Android Lollipop N1 Tablet is Rumored for Jan. 7 China Launch
December 24, 2014, 1:45 PM
Samsung Preps 4 GB LPDDR4 RAM to Power "4K" Smartphones in 2015
December 23, 2014, 10:38 AM
Most Popular Articles
Miyamoto: Nintendo is Prepping Successor to Troubled Wii U
December 22, 2014, 6:28 PM
Amazon's Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 Drops to $299 (30 Percent Off) for a Day
December 22, 2014, 10:57 AM
Android-Powered BLU Studio 7.0 Claims to be the "World's Largest Smartphone"
December 19, 2014, 2:40 PM
Airbus A350 XWB Passenger Jet Takes Off, First Unit Delivered to Qatar Airlines
December 22, 2014, 1:22 PM
Mississippi AG Drops Anti-Google Subpoena After Dirty MPAA Ties Are Revealed
December 22, 2014, 9:51 AM
Latest Blog Posts
Sceptre Airs 27", 120 Hz. 1080p Monitor/HDTV w/ 5 ms Response Time for $220
Dec 3, 2014, 10:32 PM
Costco Gives Employees Thanksgiving Off; Wal-Mart Leads "Black Thursday" Charge
Oct 29, 2014, 9:57 PM
"Bear Selfies" Fad Could Turn Deadly, Warn Nevada Wildlife Officials
Oct 28, 2014, 12:00 PM
The Surface Mini That Was Never Released Gets "Hands On" Treatment
Sep 26, 2014, 8:22 AM
ISIS Imposes Ban on Teaching Evolution in Iraq
Sep 17, 2014, 5:22 PM
More Blog Posts
Copyright 2014 DailyTech LLC. -
Terms, Conditions & Privacy Information