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iPad Mini 2 Won’t Feature Retina Display, says Analyst

by Jacob Kleinman | June 19, 2013June 19, 2013 4:00 pm PDT

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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.


Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...