by Esther P., Pad & Quill Techster
One big advantage that the iPad has over the iPad mini is the option of a Retina display. That may be changing soon with the introduction of the next-generation iPad mini. According to a report from The Wall Street Journal, the next iPad mini that Apple launches will most likely come with a high-resolution Retina display.
Samsung, LG, and Sharp are rumored to be the suppliers Apple is using for the new Retina display on the iPad mini. The screens on the current iPad mini are supplied by Sharp and Taiwan-based AU Optronics.
Wish you had more options for colors? You might get your wish with the next iPad mini. WSJ stated that a wider variety of color options are possible for the back cover of the iPad mini—similar to rumors heard about the low-cost iPhone 5C.
Since Apple routinely tests out new options and suppliers, no one knows for sure if the next iPad mini will really have Retina display and multiple color options, but with Apple facing stiff competition from Google Nexus 7's high-resolution display, chances are that the Retina display will be a must-have on the new iPad mini.
However, rumors are still surfacing that the next iPad mini may launch with a non-Retina display. In fact, just last Friday, Deccanchronicle.com reported that Fox News announced the iPad mini with Retina display won't be available until early 2014. According to Fox News, a new iPad mini will still be released this year but it won't come with a high-resolution screen. Fox News predicts that the next standard-resolution iPad mini will be released at the same time as the iPad 5, which is planned for launch later this year.
iPad Mini Retina: When, Not If
The question is not whether the iPad mini will have a Retina display; the question is when it will happen. If you've got your heart set on a new iPad mini with Retina display, you might just have to be willing to wait and see.
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