Oct 03, 2013

    Not enough 'retinas' for new iPad mini

    APPLE will be unable to roll out widely a new version of the iPad mini with a high-resolution "retina" display this month, people who work in the firm's supply chain said.

    Apple's supply chain is only now gearing up to make retina displays for the iPad mini, which means that the gadget may be available only in limited quantities this year or early next year for a full-fledged launch.

    It remains unclear what new features and modifications could find their way into the next iPad mini, which the sources said was due to be unveiled this month.

    But higher-resolution screens and cameras, and thinner and lighter dimensions are among the improvements users have come to expect with updated smartphones and tablets.

    Apple defines retina display as resolution detailed enough that the human eye cannot detect pixelation. The feature is available on some full-sized iPads, and similar resolutions are available on iPad mini rivals such as Google's Nexus 7 and Amazon's 7-inch Kindle Fire HDX.

    One source at a supplier said that there were delays in Apple's certification of panel producers, which were given strict power-saving requirements.

    Apple has also told suppliers to cut costs, with a source saying that the firm is looking at rolling out an iPad mini with less memory - just 8GB.