to the pixel-packed screen of Google’s new Nexus 7 later this year.
The Wall Street Journal reports
that Apple’s display suppliers (LG, Sharp and Samsung) are preparing to
churn out enough hi-res displays for the Retina iPad Mini, which is
expected in the fourth quarter of this year.
Not only that, but we could see iPod Touch-like colours making an appearance, adding to the existing black and white options.
Right now, the iPad Mini’s 7.9in, 1024×768 screen sports 162 pixels per
inch (ppi), around half the count of the new Nexus 7’s
smartphone-rivalling 323ppi. That crazy-high count results from Asus
(Google’s hardware partner) cramming a 1920×1200 full HD resolution into
a 7in screen.
If the Retina iPad Mini borrowed the 2048×1536 resolution of its big
brother, its ppi count would quite literally go one better than the new
Nexus’, at 324ppi. There’s reason to suspect that Apple will stick with
the proven resolution over something new: it’s unlikely to want to peeve
app developers, who’d have to work to accommodate yet another new res.
The question is, can Apple incorporate a screen of this pixel density
without compromising either battery life or the Mini’s svelte design?
Apple’s not averse to going fatter, but the Mini’s portability forms a
major part of its appeal. We’d hope that modern technologies such as
Sharp’s IGZO sufficiently reduce the energy demands of the screen to
maintain the look and performance of the current Mini, but it’s a big