May 7, 2013
Apple could begin production on the next iPad mini as early as next month. This model will largely be supported by LG displays, according to CNET. According to NPD DisplaySearch, this model will be “boasting one of the highest tablet resolutions to date.” As such, the 7.9-inch display will have a resolution of 2048 x 1536, which is roughly the same pixels per inch (PPI) as the Retina screen on the iPhone 5. According to Richard Shim, an analyst at NPD DisplaySearch:
We're going to start to see a bunch of tablets [coming out] with a pixel density over 300. At a certain point it will be hard to discern that improved image quality.This was NPD DisplaySearch’s second report about the iPad mini in as many days. On Monday, Shim suggested that Apple was working on two new iPad minis. The first, and the one mentioned here, will appear in the third quarter of this year. The second, which will include a new processor, will launch during the first quarter of 2014. Assuming that this report is correct, the second-generation iPad mini will likely launch at next month's Worldwide Developers Conference. See also: Even As It Celebrates Its Third Birthday, The iPad Is Still Doomed Say The Skeptics, and Stale iOS Devices Mean Declining Fortunes For A Key Apple Supplier.