The low-resolution screen on the iPad mini has drawn its share of criticism. Those who want something with a lot more pixels per inch should be happy to hear that Apple’s next version might have a much sharper display.
This recently-released tablet has a 7.9-inch, 1024 x 768 touchscreen, which gives it a relatively anemic pixel density of 163 ppi. This is far below the threshold Apple has set to be a “Retina” screen — one in which individual pixels are so small, they can’t be seen by the human eye with the device held at a normal distance.
That could change next year, when AU Optronics is reportedly going to start producing a 7.9-inch panel with a resolution of 2048 x 1536. Its 324 pixel density would easily qualify it as a Retina display.
As this touchscreen will have the same resolution as the full-size iPad, an iPad mini using it would be able to run all software written for its bigger brother.
AU Optronics is scheduled to have this very high-res display in full production by the second half of next year, just in time to be in a second-generation iPad mini.
Be sure to read our review of the iPad mini to learn all it has to offer.