By Stephen Schenck | July 2, 2012 7:21 PM
Rumors that Apple is working on a seven-inch iPad “Mini” keep popping-up again and again. Actual evidence supporting the idea of such a tablet has been quite a bit harder to come by, but when taken all together, it’s becoming easier to be convinced that such a gadget really is in Apple’s future. The latest contribution to the speculation surrounding the iPad Mini’s arrival comes to us today with some details on the tablet’s screen.
Supposedly, Apple’s going with a Sharp-made IGZO LCD panel for the iPad Mini’s display. While these rumors didn’t address the precise resolution Apple might be shooting for, they do mention that Sharp’s capable of producing panels with pixel densities up to 330 ppi, meaning they should be plenty capable of maintaining the Retina Display quality Apple’s looking for.
Beyond that, today’s rumors just reiterate what we’ve heard before, looking to a price tag in the $250-$300 range, and suggesting that the tablet could be launched this fall. With the Nexus 7 offering a cheaper alternative, and a new Kindle Fire on the horizon, Apple might end up facing some stiffer-than usual competition if the iPad Mini really does end up arriving at that price point.