Apple’s problem with product information leaks coming from overseas suppliers has plagued them for quite some time now, and it doesn’t look like that’s going to change any time soon. A new report from Digitimes indicates that some new rumors have emerged from a team of Taiwan-based backlighting specialists, and they say that a new iPad Mini is on the way.
If Digitimes’ anonymous sources are to be believed – and there’s no reason they shouldn’t be, since they purportedly work for companies that provide LED backlighting for a bunch of Apple products – a new iPad Mini with a significantly improved screen resolution is being worked on right now. While the rumors remain vague on the exact specifications of the new display, it’s expected that Apple will utilize the Retina technology they’ve already developed for products like the full-size iPad and their MacBook Pro. If something similar to the current Retina displays was used in the iPad Mini, it could end up with a resolution of 2058 x 1536, which gives it an impressive 326 ppi.
That wasn’t the only news the aforementioned backlighting specialists had to offer, either; they also say they’ve got some info on the new full-size iPad, which will undoubtedly arrive next year. They say that Apple is moving away from their current design of having two bars of LED backlights, and instead opting for a single bar of LEDs. The objective is to reduce the overall weight of the tablet, as well as save Apple some money on components. We’re not sure how this might affect the screen’s overall brightness and performance, but we assume Apple has taken that into consideration.
From the sounds of all this, Apple has serious plans for the entire iPad lineup next year, and the hugely commercially successful tablet will continue to have it’s formula refined and improved upon. Competing tablets like the Nexus lineup and the Surface have made leaps and bounds when it comes to catching up with the iPad, but Apple is far from being ready to throw in the towel just yet.