The iPad mini may have been one of the longest-running rumors to concern Apple iOS hardware, and now that the tablet is finally official, it shouldn’t be any surprise that the rumor mill is already jumping at the chance to speculate about a follow-up iPad mini 2. Today, we take a look at one claim that seeks to reveal the changes Apple could have in store for the iPad mini 2′s display.
According to Chinese site DoNews, Apple could be looking to move the iPad mini 2 up from the original’s 1024 x 768 resolution (a holdover from the iPad 2) to the 2048 x 1536 used in the iPad 3 and 4.
On its surface, that’s not an altogether crazy idea. While we talk about 1080p displays on smartphone simply being too dense to appreciate, a 2048 x 1536 7.9-inch screen would only have a pixel density of 324ppi, on-par with the 312ppi you get from a 4.7-inch 720p smartphone screen.
While the concept make sense, we’re still not sure how much faith to put in this particular rumor. For one, this seems like a pretty obvious thing to change, and if we had to blindly guess how the next iPad mini might improve on the original’s design, resolution is a pretty safe place to start. Then we look at the actual reporting of this story, including some confusing claims of 497ppi components, and we’re having trouble being fully convinced.