Apple already planning iPad mini 2

I know. We have only just seen the launch of the iPad mini and already we're talking about the iPad mini 2. But if Apple is planning the next-generation device, we're happy to talk about it.

One feature missing from the original iPad mini was a Retina display. It doesn't seem to have bothered customers too much, with sales hitting record levels for the opening weekend. But it was a noted absence, one that Apple will be dealing with for the next model.

According to reports out of China, Apple’s hardware partners are already readying a Retina display for the iPad mini 2. Apple supplier AU Optronics expects to begin mass producing 2048 x 1536 resolution 7.9-inch displays by the second half of 2013, all of which have a pixel density of 324 ppi.

Technical issues seem to have been the problem with a Retina display for the current model, but apparently IGZO (indium gallium zinc oxide) technology from Sharp will alleviate the main issue, which was prolonging battery life whilst boosting the quality of the screen. Other new technology will also mean a thinner frame around the outside of the display and no more light leakage issues, which seem to have been an issue in production this time round.

A refresh of the processor and operating system are almost certain too, but not for some time yet. Despite Apple upgrading its larger iPad fairly quickly, the iPad mini will stick to the usual one-year Apple cycle, landing in the last quarter of 2013.

Source: Slashgear

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