Apple iPad Mini: Delayed High Resolution Display?

Posted on: 27th October 2013

Apple iPad MiniYour iPad Mini’s retina display might take a while before it gets its upgrade. Uh-oh, sounds like Amazon’s and Google’s tablets scored another point.


According to the company, retina display plays a great role in providing resolution that would make pixelation invisible to the human eye. And just recently, Apple’s supply chain is having difficulty in maintaining market share without experiencing decline in sales, with all other competitions’ cheaper prices and better specifications than Apple’s products.


So it means that there would only be a limited number of iPad Mini that would be available for the public, making the company lose its advantage of getting more profits from the holiday shopping season and year-end clearance sales.


Moreover, it is still unclear when the next batch of iPad Mini with sharper features and better modifications would come out. One thing’s for sure, they better hurry up because high resolution screens and cameras is the name of the game amongst smartphones and tablets these days. Plus it doesn’t hurt that the devices come in thinner and lighter dimensions, making it easier to bring and use anywhere.


An analyst with Forrester observed that if Apple won’t improve their retina display soon, they will lose patrons or get more complaints in end-users.


Sharp retina display can be enjoyed in full-sized iPads, which is something that the Mini cannot boast of. Even the seven-inch Kindle Fire HDX from Amazon as well as Google’s Nexus 7 already has this much-desired user feature.


Confidential sources said that panel producers for the company experienced some delay in getting their Apple certification, considering the strict power-saving requirements.


Sharp Corp, Samsung Electronics Co Ltd and LG Display Co Ltd all contended for being Apple’s panel producers. But there are no comments from any of the three companies.


But if you’re willing to wait, high resolution iPad Minis can be available as early as next year, if the company could ramp up the production of these retina versions.


Apple has two options then: manufacture iPad Minis with sharper retina display in limited quantities so it can be available in the market before the end of the year or just wait until next year to launch all retina versions of the iPad Mini.


Suppliers are also given instructions that they have to minimize expenditures so that future iPad Minis can have an 8 GB of memory. This, in turn, would lower the selling price of the iPad Mini, so that it can compete with cheaper tablets coming from China or those with Android OS:


Until these days, the iPad Mini is still on top of the most expensive tablets that are seven to eight inches in diameter. Slashing at least $50 in its price can make the Mini a very attractive device to end-users.


And maybe, Apple might really want to think really hard about it. Its total market share for the iPad has declined by almost half compared to its sales last year. On the other hand, the Galaxy series of Samsung has increased its total market share. This is according to the IDC, a tech research company.


Kindle Fire is Amazon’s 7-inch tablet that starts at $229 for Wi-Fi versions with 16 GB. Nexus 7, Google’s second-generation tablet is almost the same price. At $329, the iPad Mini is quite stiff, even if it is the cheapest model for the current 7.9 inch tablet of Apple.


But end-users might just want to stop getting their hopes up high because it would be unlikely that Apple would slash off the prices for the iPad Mini, now that iPhone 5C is on its way to the market.


Component costs might decrease, but still, the iPad Mini will stay put at its current prices, justifying that it would have upgraded specifications anyway. So take your pick.


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