There are rumors that Apple’s next-generation iPad Mini will feature a Retina Display with a pixel density of 324 pixels per inch. A 324 ppi pixel density is definitely higher than the screen resolution featured on the iPad 4. In relation to this, there are reports AU Optronics is working on the production of so-called iPad Mini 2.
More about iPad Mini 2’s Screen Resolution
The screen resolution of the purported iPad Mini is said to have 2048 x 1536 pixels, which is 4 x that of the current iPad Mini and equivalent to that of a regular Apple tablet. It appears that this move is meant to give app developers less hassle in tailoring their software to yet another screen size. As reported on Apple-centric website Apple Insider:
Packing the resolution of the larger iPad into the smaller version would allow Apple to have a high-resolution smaller device without making their developers have to tailor their apps to yet another screen size. Apple did much the same with the introduction of the current iPad Mini, which has the same resolution as the iPad 2.
Meanwhile, the Cupertino-based company added a resolution to its lineup last fall with the release of the iPhone 5. Although it features a 4-inch display, it still retains the same pixel width of its predecessors. Thus, legacy applications use the “letterbox” mode, wherein there are unused spaces at the top and bottom of the screen.
Strong iPad Mini Sales
Rumors of a next-generation iPad Mini with Retina Display is nothing new. In fact, it has persisted since the 7-inch tablet’s introduction.
On the other hand, Apple’s iPad Mini was criticized is some media outlets upon its release due to its lack of Retina Display. Despite that, the small-form tablet has seen strong sales since it landed on stores.
It was expected that the company would sell 6 million units of iPad Mini during the holidays. But Apple has doubled its order with display panel makers to over 12 million. Demand for the device is so strong that it is selling better than the iPad 4. In relation to this, supplies for the device have only started to meet the demands just recently.
The previous reports go in line with the analysis of Sterne Agee’s Shaw Wu. According to him, sales of the iPad Mini have been cannibalizing the regular iPad, which has slower sales than expected.