Nine months on from the launch of the original iPad mini, all eyes are now on what Apple will bring next to the successor of their small form factor tablet. Top of the list of most-wanted features will most certainly be a high-resolution Retina display, which is now highly tipped for inclusion according to a fresh Wall Street Journal report.
If true, it could mean the full-size iPad resolution of 2048×1536 pixels will be making its way to the smaller slate, just in time to give the full HD Google Nexus 7 2 a run for its money.
The report also claims that, following in the footsteps of the iPod touch line, the iPad mini would be available in a wide range of colours, likely mirroring the iPod touch’s red, green, yellow, pink, purple, silver and dark grey shades.
Of course, this being prime time for rumours, there are counter takes on the forthcoming iPad mini also circulating. According to code strings uncovered in the recent iOS 7 beta by 9to5Mac, the iPad mini will land with an upgraded processor, likely an A6-based chip, but without the Retina display.
A processor upgrade is pretty much a given we’d say – it’s an important progression to keep the tablet line up to the task of running the most demanding of apps. With the Nexus 7 2 sporting a high resolution display, and rumours of the Kindle Fire HD 2 doing the same, Apple would be putting its mini tablet line in a precarious position if it didn’t follow suit.