Of all the ways Apple may improve upon the first iPad mini with this year’s iPad mini 2 – presumed to launch in just about a week – the tablet’s display has always been at the top of the list. It seems like from the very moment the 1024 x 768 screen on last year’s model was confirmed, Apple fans have been wondering when the iPad mini would get the Retina display treatment. With the clock ticking down until Apple’s announcement, we see the arrival of an odd theory, suggesting that Apple might release an iPad mini with processor improvements this fall, and delay a Retina model until next year.
If this sounds familiar, it should, as a similar rumored made the rounds back in July, then suggesting that there’s be no new iPad mini at all this year, and in 2014 we’d see two new models, one with a Retina screen, and one without. This new take on it might actually seem more sensible on first read (at least compared to that earlier theory), but we have serious doubts.
For one, rumors about the presence of a Retina display have been largely consistent, and we’re going to need much more convincing before we start discounting them, en masse. We’d also like to believe Apple’s learned something from the misfire that was the iPad 3, cursed with just a few months of life; certainly, if a Retina iPad mini is just around the corner, and new model this fall would suffer the same fate.
Ultimately, we’re not banking on this theory just yet, but it’s still useful to keep in mind, especially if any corroboration manages to surface in the days to come.