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.