Despite some early reservations by critics and consumers alike, the iPad Mini is now doing brisk business, to the point where it’s now in short supply in some regions. Already looking to the future, Apple are now thought to be planning a successor for the smaller tablet, an iPad Mini 2 packing in a high resolution Retina Display.
Sources in China claim that AU Optronics, Apple’s supplier of 1024 x 768 panels in the current iPad Mini, have been told to prepare for mass production of 7.9-inch 2048 x 1536 by the second half of 2013.
That would lead to a device with a staggering 497 ppi.
Though criticised for not bringing the Retina Display to the iPad Mini in its first form, there may be more than just shrewd business behind Apple’s descison. Technology may be holding back the hi-res handheld tablet, with AU Optronics only now achieving high resolution breakthroughs with IGZO (indium gallium zinc oxide) components. The Sharp-developed technology however has only publicly hit resolution highs of 1280 x 800 so far.