The iPad mini is great, but it would be so much better if it had a retina display. Have you heard those words uttered before? For many folks, the iPad mini has left their full-sized iPad collecting dust or worse yet, headed to eBay. The achilles heel has been the resolution of the display. According to a report from Bloomberg, a retina iPad mini will be part of a wide-ranging product refresh in time for the holiday season. As we already know, there is a September 10th iPhone Special Event where we’ll see the iPhone 5S and possibly the iPhone 5C. Apple likely won’t mix product lines, with an iPhone announcement being more than enough to satiate consumers, for now.
As for the iPad mini with retina, it will be part of a separate event alongside the redesigned iPad 5. The new iPad 5 will take design cues from the iPad mini, giving it a new thin and light construction. The left and right hand bezels will also be reduced. Think iPad mini, but super-sized with a 9.7-inch display. Google’s recently released Nexus 7 features a high definition display. At 7-inches, it’s priced at $229. While not imperative, a high resolution display on the iPad mini would help consumers justify the $100 difference in price.
This could shape up to be a busy fall season with new iPhones and iPads. A retina display iPad mini is high on the list of wants, sitting next to the calls for Apple to make a bigger iPhone. At least one could happen this year.