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Network World - This week the iOSphere faced the unthinkable: an iPad mini 2 that has the same resolution as the iPad mini 1. Where is innovation when you need it?
Also this week, understanding how new discounts for iPhones means the Next iPads won’t be announced until…2014; but still others insist iPad 5 will be announced in the autumn; and still others think it will be announced in July or August…without iOS 7.
You read it here second.
“iPad 5 Release Date Nears; Specs and Features Still Unknown”
headline, International Business Times, neatly summing up the current state-of-the-art in iOSphere rumorology, though IBT is groundlessly optimistic about the release date.
iPad mini 2 will stick with current resolution instead of high-res Retina display
This is part of the ebb and flow of iOSphere rumors. Or perhaps the flush and refill.
In a blogpost this week, Richard Shim, senior analyst for NPD DisplaySearch, mentioned that the iPad mini, which “is expected” in the latter half of 2013, will continue with the existing 1024 x 768 pixel resolution instead of moving to Apple’s Retina display technology, with 2,048 x 1,536 pixels.
What a bummer. Because “iPad mini 2” and “Retina display” have been wedded to each other in the iOSphere hive mind since about 30 minutes after the iPad mini was announced last year.
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Based on his contacts with Asian supply chain companies, Shim “expects” that the iPad mini will have the A6 processor instead of the current A5 (the A6 currently powers the iPhone 5), and a “slimmer” design, whatever that means: thinner, smaller case, both?
In the third calendar quarter he also expects a new full-size iPad with the as-yet-unannounced A7 CPU. He does expect that the Retina display eventually will come to iPad mini, but on a different model in “early 2014.”
This would have been just one more “expectation-based-on-anonymous-Asian-supply-chain sources” post except for one thing. Nine weeks ago, Shim announced that he was expecting the Retina display iPad mini in the second half of 2013, as The Rollup took note of then. As CNET put it in its headline, “First Retina iPad Mini is on track, DisplaySearch reports.”
Shim told CNET in May: “We see two refreshes coming. One [with a Retina display] in the second half of this year, then one in Q1 [first quarter] of 2014. The Q1 device will have a Retina display plus an updated processor.”
Shim’s new blogpost was not well received by the iOSphere. A sampling of headlines:
“Analyst recants claim that Apple will add Retina display to iPad mini before 2014”
“Analyst Backpedals on Earlier Forecast of Retina iPad Mini Debuting Before Next Year”
“Analyst changes tune: New iPad mini won't have a Retina Display”
Shim’s Apple expectations came at the very end of his blogpost, which was mostly focused on analyzing the emergence of a new crop of 8-inch, 1,280 x 800 resolution Android tablets starting this fall, in the latest bid to come up with a non-iPad tablet that will actually sell. And, of course, make money.