The craze surrounding the iPad mini, it appears, is not ready to subside anytime soon, with rumors already touching on what’s going to be included in the next iteration of the miniature tablet. Just yesterday, one of Apple’s major supplying partners, AUO, unveiled that it is working on “retina display” panel that will allegedly exhibit a pixel density of as high as 497ppi, according to UDN. This would make it a lot higher than what we’d get from the current generation iPad, which has a 326ppi display. The overall screen resolution, on the other hand, is estimated to be around 1536×2048, as opposed to the present iPad mini’s modest 1024×768 resolution. Even without a sample at hand, one can already begin to imagine the type of clarity that would be featured the future product’s small, concentrated screen.
As indicated by the supplier, manufacturing a retina display iPad mini will require the use of an IGZO screen and the application of GOA (Gate IC on Array) technology, which would be crucial for making the device’s borders as narrow as possible. AUO’s GM (Paul Pen) and Vice President (Dagang Wu) stressed the importance of the two aforementioned technologies for today’s mobile products, and maintained the company’s full commitment to using them for their “first tiered” clients. Given that the manufacturing company, as stated by UDN, is apparently responsible for developing its own IGZO technology, the company will apparently have little trouble with any patent related issues.
The news of the future iPad mini comes at a time when consumers are apparently going nuts over the miniature tablet, despite the recent reports suggesting that the queues have not been as monstrous as expected. Even with the glowing reviews and praises, some are disappointed by the iPad mini’s lack of a retina display resolution and a consumer friendly price tag. The former is certain to receive a major upgrade in the periods to follow, if the news surrounding AUO’s development is true. The price point, on the other hand, will also likely receive a substantial growth of its own, given the potential manufacturing costs and Apple’s refusal to resort to low pricing strategies.