The iPad Mini may have been creating sales history for Apple though the fact remains is that it is lacking a Retina display. It is also quite a surprising omission given Apple’s penchant for including Retina display among its mobile connected devices. Even the iPhone 4 has a Retina display and rumor mongers have been quick to predict Apple will set the record straight with the next version of the mini iPad.
However, here is one analyst who claims Apple might give such a high resolution display a miss even for the next gen iPad Mini as well. Apple is slated to launch quite a few gadgets towards the end of this year with the iPad Mini 2 most likely to be launched towards fall itself. Analyst Richard Shim associated with Displaysearch claims Apple is not likely to have a display for its upcoming iPad Mini 2 that will have a pixel density of 260 or above per inch. The iPad Mini right now offers a resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels, which is the same as the iPad 2 which translates to a ppi of 163.
However, what has to be kept in mind is that the competition is ever evolving and tablets such as the Nexus 7 or the Kindle Fire HD already offers better display than the Apple offering. Both the Google and Amazon 7 inch tablets betters the iPad Mini display by boasting of a better pixel density of 216 per inch. There already are rumors of Google planning to offer an even higher resolution display for the next Nexus 7 which if true might have the iPad Mini 2 in trouble. More so since the next iPad Mini is slated to come pre-loaded with the new iOS 7 which features thinner fonts which might suffer from less clarity in a low resolution display.
This apart, Shim further mentioned in his report that the new iPad Mini will be even thiner than the current version and will feature an A6 chip.