Yesterday, we checked out the latest rumor about the so-called iPad Mini, a smaller iPad in the seven-inch range that Apple has supposed been preparing for release later this year. That time around, the rumors looked to the tablet’s screen, identifying Sharp as a potential manufacturer and pointing out the capability for Sharp to produce high pixel density components, like the Retina Display Apple currently has in use on the iPhone 4, 4S and the new iPad. Today, however, there’s a new rumor coming to our attention, and one that says the iPad Mini won’t feature such a high resolution screen.
Bloomberg reports hearing from “two people with knowledge of [Apple's] plans” regarding the iPad Mini, confirms the screen measuring between seven and eight inches, but mentions it won’t match the pixel density of the iPad 3. That screen has a density of 264ppi, already well below the iPhone’s 326.
This new info doesn’t attempt to say just how low a pixel density Apple might be thinking about. The first two iPads shared a 1024 x 768 display with a density of 132ppi. If Apple returns to that density, a 7.5-inch display would have a resolution of only 800 x 600. If Apple instead goes back to a 1024 x 768 screen, a 7.5-inch component would have a density of about 170ppi.
Going with a lower-resolution screen would make a lot of sense considering the sub-$300 price points we’ve been hearing rumored for the iPad Mini.