The iPad mini 2 Retina, or iPad mini Retina depending on the leak, will reportedly use a Samsung Display manufactured Retina Display with a 2048 x 1536 resolution on a 7.9-inch screen.
It’s not surprising, but the report claims the 7.9-inch iPad mini 2 display will use the same resolution of the iPad 5 display. This makes it easier for developers to offer apps on various iPad screen sizes, as they only need to support Retina and non-Retina resolutions.
ETNews reports that Apple and Samsung are working together on the iPad 5 and iPad mini 2 displays despite tensions between Apple and Samsung over lawsuits. The publication claims Apple and Samsung are on amiable enough terms that Samsung Display is set to deliver displays for future Apple products.
Rumors of an iPad mini Retina Display model started soon after the iPad mini release last year, and various analysts predict we will see an iPad mini with a Retina Display in late 2013 or the first quarter of 2014, depending on screen yields and any other roadblocks.
One analyst claims Apple is planning to release an iPad 5, iPad mini 2 and an iPad mini with Retina Display this year. These three new iPad models would include a cheaper iPad mini with the iPad mini 2 name.
Aside from talk of the fall, there are no firm iPad mini 2 with Retina Display rumors that point to a specific launch. The iPad 5 launch could take place in October. The iPad mini 2 will reportedly arrive after the iPad 5. It’s not clear if this is a move by Apple to give the iPad 5 less competition at launch or a result of low iPad mini Retina Display screen yields and production problems.
The iPad mini 2 with Retina Display could also come with an upgraded camera and processor according to one rumor.
The iPad mini will receive the iOS 7 update when the release lands this fall. If Apple keeps the iPad mini 2 and iPad 5 launches separate from the rumored iPhone 5S launch the iPad mini and iPad 4 will see the update ahead of new hardware, which is not out of the ordinary for the iPad line.