iPad Mini 2 with sharper display ‘faces delays’

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 The current iPad Mini comes with a lower-resolution 132ppi screen.  Photo: Bloomberg

The current iPad Mini comes with a lower-resolution 132ppi screen. Photo: Bloomberg

Apple will not be able to widely roll out a new version of iPad Mini with a “Retina” display in time for Christmas, according to reports.
The company is only now beginning to make the high-resolution screens for the device which could be released with limited stock, sources told Reuters.

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Apple are yet to announce what changes will feature in the iPad Mini 2 but it has been widely expected to improve the quality of the display to catch up with rivals.

“Retina” is a term coined by Apple to indicate when a device has a high enough pixel density that the human eye cannot notice the pixelation from a typical viewing distance.

The displays are found in other Apple devices such as the iPhone, iPod Touch, MacBook Pro and some iPads. Similar quality screens are currently found in rival tablets from Google and Amazon.

Sources told Reuters they expected Apple will either wait until early next year for a full-fledged launch of a retina display iPad Mini, or make a retina version only available in limited quantities before the end of the year.

Apple has faced growing competition in the tablet market as rivals look to muscle in on the space with new launches. The company shipped a lower-than-expected 14.6 million tablets in the second quarter last year, down from 19.5 million in the first.

Details of the new version of iPad Mini could be unveiled this month and some believe Apple may lower the price of the handset in order to boost sales in emerging markets.

“Right now the iPad Mini is more expensive than everyone else in the 7- to 8-inch tablet segment,” said Arthur Liao, an analyst for Fubon Securities in Taipei.

“If it could reduce its price by even just $50, it would appeal to more consumers.”

Apple did not comment on the report.


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Babatunde Akinsola is aNaija247news' Southwest editor. He's based in Lagos and writes on the Yoruba Nation political issues, news and investigative reports

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