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Rumor: Apple Working on iPad Mini with Retina Display

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Is Apple already working on an iPad mini 2?

Apple's iPad mini hasn't been on the market that long. However, the rumor mill is already kicking into gear and churning out reports regarding the next iteration of the 7-inch tablet. According to a recent Digitimes report, Apple is already hard at work on the new iPad mini. The publication cites Taiwan-based backlighting industry sources that say Apple's focus with the iPad mini is improving the display. 

These sources didn't specifically say that the iPad mini would have a Retina display, however, Digitimes quotes market observers that say a  Retina display iPad mini is likely based on Apple's product development history. Apple's first Retina display product was the iPhone 4, which boasted 326ppi. Then came the iPhone 4S, the fourth gen iPod touch, the iPhone 5 and fifth gen iPod touch, and Apple's third and fourth generation iPad. The company now also has a Retina display MacBook Pro.

A Retina display iPad mini wouldn't come as a surprise to anyone, and Apple has been known to omit certain 'no-brainer' features only to include them in the following year's model. Apple's Retina display products do not all share the same ppi. While the original Retina display product boats 326ppi, the other products have lower pixel-per-inch figures. The iPad packs 264ppi, while the 15-inch MacBook Pro boasts 220ppi and the 13-inch has 227ppi. Digitimes reports that f the 7.9-inch iPad mini were to get the Retina display treatment, it would have a 2058-by-1536 resolution with a 326ppi.

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    dauntekong , December 18, 2012 4:52 PM
    wemakeourfutureIt was pretty widely known that the second iPad mini is going to be retina.What Apple really needs to do is basically have a new product that is like the Air (8GB of Ram, minimum 128GB space) when you remove the screen it turns into an iPad, when you dock it, is uses OS X and is like a regular laptop.


    In other words.... the ASUS TF7700 Infinity or the Microsoft Surface Tablet....
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    curiosul , December 18, 2012 4:58 PM
    wemakeourfutureIt was pretty widely known that the second iPad mini is going to be retina.What Apple really needs to do is basically have a new product that is like the Air (8GB of Ram, minimum 128GB space) when you remove the screen it turns into an iPad, when you dock it, is uses OS X and is like a regular laptop.


    Let me rephrase that for you:

    It was pretty widely known that the second iPad mini will have to keep up with the competition (being left behind by almost any 7" tablet).

    What Apple really needs to do is basically have a product that rips off Asus and Microsoft (and maybe others by the time it comes out) and then sue everyone for copying.
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    wemakeourfuture , December 18, 2012 4:48 PM
    It was pretty widely known that the second iPad mini is going to be retina.

    What Apple really needs to do is basically have a new product that is like the Air (8GB of Ram, minimum 128GB space) when you remove the screen it turns into an iPad, when you dock it, is uses OS X and is like a regular laptop.
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    dauntekong , December 18, 2012 4:52 PM
    wemakeourfutureIt was pretty widely known that the second iPad mini is going to be retina.What Apple really needs to do is basically have a new product that is like the Air (8GB of Ram, minimum 128GB space) when you remove the screen it turns into an iPad, when you dock it, is uses OS X and is like a regular laptop.


    In other words.... the ASUS TF7700 Infinity or the Microsoft Surface Tablet....
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    curiosul , December 18, 2012 4:58 PM
    wemakeourfutureIt was pretty widely known that the second iPad mini is going to be retina.What Apple really needs to do is basically have a new product that is like the Air (8GB of Ram, minimum 128GB space) when you remove the screen it turns into an iPad, when you dock it, is uses OS X and is like a regular laptop.


    Let me rephrase that for you:

    It was pretty widely known that the second iPad mini will have to keep up with the competition (being left behind by almost any 7" tablet).

    What Apple really needs to do is basically have a product that rips off Asus and Microsoft (and maybe others by the time it comes out) and then sue everyone for copying.
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    faust_67 , December 18, 2012 5:04 PM
    Wow, those who bought the iPad mini must be happy that a better product comes out a few months later?.... Well, actually they will be very happy to shell their money to Apple.
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    Cryio , December 18, 2012 5:11 PM
    Rumor? It's a given fact. It's probably the only "new thing" they will do to improve their Mini branch.
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    wemakeourfuture , December 18, 2012 5:13 PM
    dauntekongIn other words.... the ASUS TF7700 Infinity or the Microsoft Surface Tablet....


    No, none of them are 8GB of RAM, minor point.
    Big point is swapping between iOS and OS X.

    So its truly an iPad and an Air.

    No one really cares for the Surface RT and the PRO are way overpriced for what they're offering.
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    Prey , December 18, 2012 5:15 PM
    I love their marketing. Will an iPad mini sell.. yep, okay now time to release the actual product with the high res.. err I mean retina display.
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    sliem , December 18, 2012 5:31 PM
    Ok guys once this ipad mini 2 is out, let's release ipad mini 3, next gen ipad with slightly more power, a little better camera, same battrery, and of course our new lightning connector 2 that is totally not backward compatible. Starts at $399. It'll sell. It's magic. It's Apple.
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    Anonymous , December 18, 2012 5:33 PM
    I remember an article that "rumored" this was going to happen before the gen 1 was even released. The problem now with Apple is that the one last thing is not exciting any more. And the releases of their products are still based on that big moment concept. So, Apple needs a little marketing tweek to move on successfully.
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    SinisterSalad , December 18, 2012 5:37 PM
    Like no one saw this coming... You know they did that on purpose. They need a reason to come out with a 2nd within a year. Smart people know not to buy anything 1st gen.
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    kawininjazx , December 18, 2012 5:39 PM
    You don't say...
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    wemakeourfuture , December 18, 2012 5:41 PM
    curiosulLet me rephrase that for you:It was pretty widely known that the second iPad mini will have to keep up with the competition (being left behind by almost any 7" tablet).What Apple really needs to do is basically have a product that rips off Asus and Microsoft (and maybe others by the time it comes out) and then sue everyone for copying.



    Funny how you say Apple should rip off Microsoft, when Microsoft has been widely know to copy everything Apple has done since the 80's...

    Just Microsoft took over the OS battle through their licensing which is what Android is doing.

    Notice how Microsoft with the Surface RT tried to copy Apple every step of the way?

    1. Come out with a Finger touch device with their brand
    2. Create a Microsoft App store for mobile and desktop
    3. Create physical Microsoft stores that look identical to Apple stores

    the list goes on, no one wants their overpriced product, hence why sales have been revised from 4 million to a possible 700K-1.3M
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    dauntekong , December 18, 2012 5:49 PM
    wemakeourfutureNo, none of them are 8GB of RAM, minor point.Big point is swapping between iOS and OS X.So its truly an iPad and an Air.No one really cares for the Surface RT and the PRO are way overpriced for what they're offering.


    Your 8GB of ram is meaningless when the rest of the hardware are slow and worthless... your storage space is limited and can not be expand. Your iOS is locked to what Apple wants you to use. your unit is way over price for technology that is so-called new (2+ years old)

    Your statement is clearly a blind in the eye. Androids and Windows are the perfect example of what you wish apple can do.

    ASUS Padfone goes from Phone to tablet to laptop and to tv in "3D" and their so does their ASUS TF700. Microsoft goes from tablet to laptop with just a switch of the dock. and last and over killing apple.... Samsung Galaxy Note II goes from Phone to tablet to laptop to desktop to TV.

    Something Apple needs to learn...
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    wemakeourfuture , December 18, 2012 5:56 PM
    dauntekongYour 8GB of ram is meaningless when the rest of the hardware are slow and worthless... your storage space is limited and can not be expand. Your iOS is locked to what Apple wants you to use. your unit is way over price for technology that is so-called new (2+ years old)Your statement is clearly a blind in the eye. Androids and Windows are the perfect example of what you wish apple can do. ASUS Padfone goes from Phone to tablet to laptop and to tv in "3D" and their so does their ASUS TF700. Microsoft goes from tablet to laptop with just a switch of the dock. and last and over killing apple.... Samsung Galaxy Note II goes from Phone to tablet to laptop to desktop to TV.Something Apple needs to learn...


    There is no product out there that does what I am saying, Android, Apple, Windows.

    All windows PRO tablets are 4GB, at best are 1920p.

    A Note II is a tablet? What are you smoking? Its a Laptop too?

    Wow, do you even know what a tablet, laptop are? LOL clearly not when you think a Note II can become those.
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    penguintech , December 18, 2012 6:11 PM
    Who cares. Just another over-rated piece of un-programmable junk that will cost an arm and a leg to own, only to be told 3 months later that they are coming out with yet another generation.
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    rebel1280 , December 18, 2012 6:13 PM
    Hmm, though i personally would currently buy the Nexus 7, for my family, who are already heavily vested in the Apple ecosystem with their ipods and such, this is a welcome move. Also, i look smart because i told them to wait for the second generation mini as it will undoubtedly be better looking. :)  Here's to the future of better toys :D 
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    SAL-e , December 18, 2012 7:18 PM
    wemakeourfutureWhat Apple really needs to do is basically have a new product that is like the Air (8GB of Ram, minimum 128GB space) when you remove the screen it turns into an iPad, when you dock it, is uses OS X and is like a regular laptop.


    You mean something like Ubuntu for Android. [1]
    As soon as the hardware is capable to do so it will happen. That is why MS is pushing Windows 8. I would say at this moment W8 is more beta product, just like Apple's integration between iOS and OS X.
    This is not a new idea ... everyone is working on it. Just because companies like Asus don't meet your arbitrary spec sheet, don't dismiss their achievements and worship Apple.

    [1] www.ubuntu.com/devices/android
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    dauntekong , December 18, 2012 8:01 PM
    wemakeourfutureThere is no product out there that does what I am saying, Android, Apple, Windows.All windows PRO tablets are 4GB, at best are 1920p.A Note II is a tablet? What are you smoking? Its a Laptop too?Wow, do you even know what a tablet, laptop are? LOL clearly not when you think a Note II can become those.


    You have a lack of knowledge "Simpleton" when it comes to hands on usage. You need to explore more out there to see pass Apple's view. You're too lock into their misconception of Apple technology.

    You're always comparing to the Mac Air which is Apple's EPIC failed devices. Ultrabook tops their Air and does not have overheating failure rates like all Macbook, Pros and Air.
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    wemakeourfuture , December 18, 2012 8:11 PM
    SAL-eYou mean something like Ubuntu for Android. [1]As soon as the hardware is capable to do so it will happen. That is why MS is pushing Windows 8. I would say at this moment W8 is more beta product, just like Apple's integration between iOS and OS X.This is not a new idea ... everyone is working on it. Just because companies like Asus don't meet your arbitrary spec sheet, don't dismiss their achievements and worship Apple.[1] www.ubuntu.com/devices/android


    LOL you think the masses will want to use Ubuntu on their laptop / desktop? Are you serious?

    Its not an arbitrary spec sheet I'm looking for, that's all hardware-egg heads do. They look at a new smartphone and starting looking just at the CPU and RAM, not realizing the UI, Updates, Customer Service, Apps, integration of OS with hardware is equally important.

    The Asus product you mention sucks hence why no one wants to buy it.

    Reminds me of an XP tablet back in 2002-2004 times, pieces of crap no one wanted. You need to build a product outside of specs for eggheads and provide a full user experience enough hardware to meet the needs.

    Having a "Pro" tablet that is 4GB ain't too "Pro" to me. Or having amazing thin ultrabooks even thinner than Airs (Acer Aspire S3) but not allowing for more than 4GB of ram shows incompetence because even Apple offers 8GB models if someone desires it.

    W8 tablets don't know what they are. Are they the hundreds of millions of dollars advertising campaign of Microsoft Surface that has bombed, or are they the new PRO coming out in 2013 that is overpriced.

    Apple made ultrabooks that people wanted they existed before, no one cared for them. They were way overpriced, designed poorly and pushed no units. After Apple's push into ultrabooks now we've seen PC manufacturers start to push better products. Same would be true with the iPad -> Air combo, nothing out there can match that if they could succeed with it.

    I don't use Apple for my work/personal computing only mobile. I have been trying day and night for 3 months to find a PC alternative for a friend that is 8GB, light as an Air, equivalent CPU, cheaper with good quality customer service if needed. The hunt is till on...
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    bllue , December 18, 2012 8:18 PM
    Apple is sooo innovative
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