The Wall Street Journal has released a report that sheds new light on an upcoming product from Apple, the next iPad mini. According to the WSJ’s sources in the Apple supply chain, the next iteration of the iPad mini will feature a retina display, produced by Sharp, LG, and Samsung.
Apple is working with suppliers in Asia on its next iPad Mini with a high-resolution “retina” display, unlike the current iPad Mini, which comes with a lower-resolution screen, the people said… For the next iPad Mini, component makers have been told that Apple plans to use screens from Samsung’s Samsung Display Co. unit, as well as Sharp Corp. of Japan and LG Display Co.
The physical size of the device is expected to stay the same, so the only screen update is a higher expected resolution. This contrasts with yesterday’s rumor, when an iOS 7 file hinted that the next iPad mini would be without a retina display, maintaining the same resolution. However, as has been noted several times, Apple is always internally testing many devices, and so it is entirely possible that the info for one of these made its way to the iOS 7 beta.
Having a retina display on the iPad mini poses problems for Apple, mainly in the form of battery life, so it will be interesting to see what other improvements the iPad mini will feature when it is announced. Stay tuned for any more info regarding this upcoming device.