Apple’s iPad Mini is the company’s low budget offering to combat the likes of the Nexus 7 and the Amazon Kindle Fire. While it has been widely successful in standing as a competitor, one might call it a tad under powered when compared to the Nexus 7 or the new Kindle Fire HD. That’s despite having a substantially bigger display than many of its rivals. Well, the reasons for this are plenty. In order to save costs, Apple decided to go with a rather moderate dual core A5 CPU and a not so flattering display (with the same resolution as the original iPad i.e. 1024×768) and a moderate pixel density of 163ppi. Of course, we don’t expect Apple to give us something like a Retina Display with the iPad Mini, but compared to the Nexus 7, it is falling back a little from a strictly hardware perspective. And it seems like Apple has understood that as new rumors are suggesting that the folks at Cupertino could be looking to bump up the display resolution of the next gen iPad Mini. The rumor generates from Taiwanese sources familiar with the display/backlight industry. When we say bump up, it’s certainly got to meet Retina Display standards, as anything below that just won’t cut it.
If Apple were to make the next iPad Mini with a Retina Display, its resolution will have to be 2058×1536 which will give it a pixel density of 326ppi fitting in nicely with the iPhone 5’s pixel density. The rumor also shed some light on Apple’s next gen full sized iPad. Apparently, Apple is looking to reduce the weight of the tablet by removing one of the two LED light bars on the device. The weight of the iPad has substantially increased with each generation as Apple had to put in a more powerful battery pack to support newer features, which in the last two iterations have been LTE and a more power hungry display. So it seems like Apple is still hard at work innovating their products, which is always good for the industry.
It will certainly be interesting to see how the iPad Mini will fare this holiday season when it goes up against the Google Nexus 7. The price-to-features ratio heavily favors the Nexus 7, but it doesn’t take a genius to predict that Apple’s offering will have plenty of takers too. And lest we forget the likes of the Nook HD and HD+ along with the new range of Amazon Kindle Fire HD tablets. The budget tablet segment was seeming a little one sided, but thanks to the arrival of the iPad Mini, things have balanced out.