Despite the fact that we all expect the iPad Mini 2 to have a Retina Display, a new report from NPD Display Research analyst Richard Shim claims that Apple’s second-generation 7.9-inch tablet will feature the same old display with its resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels. Shim goes on to note that the only changes to the iPad Mini 2 will be a slightly thinner design, an upgrade to the A6 processor and iOS 7.
Despite such a minor refresh, Shim predicts that the market for smaller tablets will continue to explode in the second half of 2013. He argues that current forecasts predicting tablets with displays under 9-inches will account for 66 percent of all tablet shipments this year is actually an underestimation. The introduction of the iPad Mini 2 alongside a number of new 8-inch tablets will push smaller tablet shipments even higher than expected.
Shim also claims that a third-generation iPad Mini will hit the market in early 2014. This tablet will finally feature an improved screen, though it won’t be a Retina Display. He predicts the device will sport a QXGA display with a resolution of 2048 × 1536 pixels as well as an upgraded A7 processor. Seems fishy, so we’ll sit it out and see what happens in the coming months.