One of the biggest questions about tomorrow's Apple event is whether or not the iPad mini will get a Retina display. There have been conflicting reports about the iPad mini 2's display, but the Wall Street Journal has said that a Retina iPad mini is about to launch.
In a report published on Sunday, WSJ highlights the change in Apple's tablet strategy over the past year, quoting Apple's late co-founder Steve Jobs, who said that an iPad with a smaller display would be "DOA, dead on arrival."
With a new iPad mini expected to arrive at Apple's 22 October event and the rest of the tablet market overflowing with small tablets, it looks like Jobs was wrong. Some consumers do want a smaller tablet, and that's why we expect the iPad mini to get an update this week.
High on our wish list for the new iPad mini is a Retina display, and according to WSJ, we'll be getting just that. "Apple is now readying a revamped iPad mini with a high-resolution "Retina" display," the report reads.
WSJ also reiterated the belief that Apple will also be unveiling a thinner, lighter version of its 10in iPad tomorrow, dubbed iPad 5.
If Apple does launch an iPad mini 2 with Retina display this week, it's possible that the price will be higher than its predecessor. Reports earlier this year suggested that introducing a Retina display to the iPad mini could add 30 per cent to the overall cost of the tablet's components, potentially increasing the price for consumers.
The new iPad mini could also be slightly thicker at 7.5mm (rather than 7.2mm) due to the bigger battery required to power the new 2,048 by 1,536 pixel display.