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iPad 5 rumor rollup for the week ending May 8

Retina mini rising, the stylish stylus, bettering battery via iTunes

By , Network World
May 08, 2013 05:03 PM ET

Network World - The iOSphere seems to have lowered itself from mere rumor to mere guesses for iPad 5 and the iPad mini 2, though with just as much assurance.

Supply chain sources say the iPad mini with Retina Display will arrive in the fall, even though it will lack a powerful enough processor and battery to actually, you know, work.

Also this week: you can expect the iPad stylus because that’s worked so well for the Samsung Galaxy Note; and a patent for a new iTunes user interface for the Movies section means better battery performance.

You read it here second.

“The rumor [of an iPad 5/mini 2 stylus] arises with the unexpected popularity of Samsung's Galaxy Note series. Moreover, many people think that Apple will highly benefit from a stylus since iPad is somehow designed for artists with a wide array of great drawing apps.”
Kristin Dian Mariano, International Business Times, on how the success of the Galaxy Note reveals that the Next Big Thing in iPadland is using your fingers to hold a stylus instead of to touch the screen.

iPad mini 2 will have Retina Display in Q3 2013, and updated CPU in early 2014

Or not.

Apple is planning two new iPad mini releases in relatively quick succession, according to a CNET post by Brooke Crothers, based on his talk with NDP DisplaySearch, a market research unit that focuses on screen technologies.

The first, which DisplaySearch predicts will appear in the third quarter, is for an iPad mini with a Retina Display, specifically the 7.9-inch screen, with a resolution of 2,048 x 1,536 pixels, according to DisplaySearch analyst Richard Shim, who bases his prediction on what he’s been told by Asian component makers. That’s comparable to iPhone 5 and “one of the highest densities for a tablet to date,” according to Crothers.

Currently, iPad mini has a resolution of 1,024 x 768, with a pixel density of 163 ppi. Models with Apple’s Retina Display technology include: iPhone 5 with 4-inch diagonal screen, 1,136 x 640 pixels, and 326 pixels per inch; and third- and fourth-generation iPad, with 9.7-inch screen, 2,048 x 1,536 pixels, 264 ppi.

An iPad mini with a Retina Display of the same resolution would have a pixel density of 326 ppi.

"We should see the start of mass production of the [Retina Display] panels in June or July," Shim said.

(This contradicts an end-of-April rumor, by KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who claims the Retina Display iPad mini “won’t enter mass production until October due to yield issues with the new high-resolution display,” according to CultOfMac’s account. “If true, the problem could make a fall launch for the device very unlikely.” Which brings us to the second iPad mini release, according to Richard Shim.)

Shim says the second new iPad mini will arrive in the first quarter of 2014, with an updated processor. Neither Shim nor Crothers added any details about that. This cycle of updates would be similar to that of the third and fourth generation iPads that Apple released in 2012. IPad 3 introduced the Retina Display for the tablet; iPad 4 about seven months later added an improved processor and the new Lightning port.

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