Friday, December 14, 2012

Latest iPad mini rumor not really a rumor at all

The latest Apple rumor is ridiculously obvious, so obvious that when the iPad mini was released with a 1,024 x 768 display we said it was going to be coming with the iPad mini 2. A Retina display iPad mini is coming (and yes, now that Apple owns the trademark, it's Retina with a capital R).

That's what DigiTimes reported on Thursday. Of course, DigiTimes has a mixed record with its rumors and predictions. This one, though, will be right on the mark.

It's an obvious spec change and it makes sense. After all, the last two versions of its bigger brother, the iPad, had a Retina display. It's easier to make a retina display for a smaller screen, as well (Apple says a Retina display is anything over 300 pixels-per-inch). So why not?

The obvious reason for why not with the original version may actually be two-fold. Releasing a non-Retina iPad mini first means you might see a lot of upgrades to the iPad mini 2. In addition, the iPad mini's price -- or at least it's cost to Apple -- could be kept lower with a non-Retina display.

By the time the next iPad mini rolls around, prices for other parts will have dropped, meaning the Retina display will have a smaller effect on Apple's bottom line.

It is, of course, possible that the iPad mini 2 will not have a Retina display, but the odds of that are probably slim to none.

At any rate, this is possibly the worst rumor of the month, or the best non-rumor statement of the month. You decide.

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