More than anything else, what we wanted to see Apple change between last year’s iPad mini and this year’s edition was to improve the tablet’s display. Rumors made it seem touch-and-go there for a while, but eventually we got the resolution bump we asked for. As we go hands-on with the new tablet, we’ve been talking to you about the differences we’ve spotted compared to the first iPad mini, but now we’re hearing about a problem not with what Apple changed, but with what it didn’t; it seems that while Apple did enhance the iPad mini 2’s resolution it didn’t correspondingly improve the panel’s color gamut to match what we get from the full-sized iPad.
Indeed, tests show that the new iPad mini’s display fails to capture a complete sRGB gamut. While it is slightly better than on the first iPad mini, both tablets fall short of the iPad Air, as you can see above. That’s the mini 2 in the middle and the old one on the right. Notice how that triangle directly above the Messages app appears more orange on both minis, but is leaning much closer to red on the Air.
It would have been nice to get all the quality of the full-sized iPad’s display on the new mini, and it’s a little disappointing that Apple wasn’t able to do that, but if we had to choose between the resolution improvements and this color reproduction, we’d say that Apple made the right call.