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iPad mini with Retina Display in production for 2013 launch?

Apple supplier AU Optronics are reportedly working on a retina display for the next-generation iPad mini for a 2013 launch, according to new reports.

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iPad mini reviews are coming in thick and fast and they’re pretty positive, but there’s no denying the elephant in the room is the tablet’s lack of retina display. The biggest criticism of Apple’s 7.8-inch mini tablet could all be set to change, though, with Chinese website DoNews reporting that iPad mini display supplier, AU Optronics, are working on a retina display for the next generation of iPad mini.

According to DoNews, the new retina display will feature a 2048 x 1536 resolution, producing up to 497ppi (although Cult of Mac calculates this at a lower 326ppi), far higher than the iPad min’s current 264 ppi display. The new displays are reportedly being produced for the second half of 2013 ready for a launch of the second-generation iPad mini towards the end of next year.

iFixit’s recent teardown of the current iPad mini revealed that AU Optronics aren’t the only ones supplying iPad mini displays, with their model revealing a Samsung-made LCD, so it remains to be seen whether every one of Apple’s display suppliers is working on retina models or whether Apple is moving to a single supplier situation.

News of a retina display iPad mini might be welcome to those who want to wait it out until the second-generation of Apple’s smallest tablet launches next year, but with no word on any other specs or pricing, there’s really not a lot to go on if you’re undecided about buying one right now.

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