This is why a rumormonger will never be an adult.
Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) will launch an iPad Mini 2 with a retina display, it's rumored. Industry insiders who can't keep a secret are whispering the details. However, many are saying it's unlikely to happen this year, as squeezing four times as many pixels into the same form-factor is hard. Especially if you want decent battery life.
In IT Blogwatch, bloggers do the math.
Your humble blogwatcher curated these bloggy bits for your entertainment. [With apologies to the very wonderful Allie Brosh.]
Do you feel Lorraine Luk-y, punk? "People familiar with the matter" seem to do:
[The] new iPad mini...will likely feature a high-resolution screen from Samsung. ...a "retina" display...the people said.
...One person said that Apple initially planned to use Sharp and LG Display but later decided to add Samsung to ensure adequate supply. ... [It] appears more likely...after Google Inc. released its latest Nexus 7...with a high-resolution screen. MORE
But Mark Gurman says it's not true:
...according to references in the iOS 7 SDK... inside of a hidden file that lists all supported iOS 7 devices...Apple is considering three new iPad mini models: iPad “2,8,” iPad “2,9,” and iPad “2,10.” ... However, these new iPad minis lack the “@2x” hook, including only references to non-Retina images.
...[So] based on these references...Apple is considering and testing a new iPad mini with a spec-bump and no Retina display, [but] we cannot confirm that Apple will actually ship this device. MORE
Rene "Dick" Ritchie wonders if it's yet possible. Stay classy:
Last fall...Apple had to choose between lightness, Retina, and battery life. ... That's why Apple couldn't use Retina in the original iPad mini. ...the devil most certainly is in those details.
...There have been advances...that might let Apple hit all those measures. ... Whether or not they are in place by this October...we'll have to wait and see. ...but it's coming. Of that, have no doubt. MORE
And Steve Kovach compares the prices:
So it looks like Apple won't have a Retina iPad Mini. Meanwhile, the Nexus 7 has a killer screen and costs $100 less. MORE
However, Stefan Constantinescu reminds us that the screens are very different sizes:
The 2013 Nexus 7 has a...surface area of 142.89 square centimeters. The iPad mini...has a surface area of 193.27 square centimeters. ...a little over 35 percent larger. MORE
Mister Danny Sullivan! Tear down this Chinese wall:
Samsung's rumored Retina display...will subliminally flash, "You should've bought a Galaxy." MORE
Update: I couldn't resist this comment from Nick Robalik:
1024x768? ... I didn't realize we were still living in 2002." MORE
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