Is you is or is you ain’t my iPad mini with retina display?

The old blogosphere has been talking out of both sides of its mouth lately about a possibly refreshed iPad mini in the works that may or may not, depending on the report one reads, sport that to-die-for retina display that Apple fans crave on their products.

The reasoning went like this: So Apple upgrades our full-sized iPad with that lush retina display, but then denies us the same feature in our pint-sized version of the tablet? What gives?

So first comes a report from the Wall Street Journal. Quoting those ever-elusive “people familiar with the situation,” the Taipei dispatch says Apple’s been working with its Asian suppliers to bring retina display to an upgraded iPad mini:

Apple Inc.’s AAPL +0.92% suppliers are gearing up for mass production of a new iPad Mini in the fourth quarter that will likely feature a high-resolution screen fromSamsung Electronics Co., people familiar with the matter said, a sign of the difficulty Apple faces as it seeks to reduce its reliance on its biggest rival.

Apple is working with suppliers in Asia on its next iPad Mini with a high-resolution “retina” display, unlike the current iPad Mini, which comes with a lower-resolution screen, the people said. The size of the new tablet is expected to be the same as the current 7.9-inch model, which was released in November. The U.S. company also has been thinking about offering multiple colors of back covers for the new tablet, they said.

Next up, we have a conflicting report from 9 to 5 Mac, which says while a new and faster mini is in the works, it will not feature the crisp display iPhone 5 users know and love. That report offered a couple of plausible explanations for the conflicting reports:

We also reported that we had located references to a likely non-Retina iPad mini with an A6 processor in iOS 7 code. It’s likely that this model, like we said earlier, could simply be an internal-only device that never ships, or an iPad mini update that Apple once planned, yet scrapped.

Then 9to5 goes on to posit that Apple may actually be working on a retina display for its new iPad mini because of thickening competition from rivals like the new – and cheaper – Android Nexus 7 tablet with its clearer and crisper screen display:

Perhaps the recent introduction of the ultra-high resolution Nexus 7 tablet escalated Apple’s need to ship the much wanted Retina iPad mini. Another logical possibility is that a Retina iPad mini would come at a higher-price-point and Apple is co-developing a new A6-based model for a lower price-point. Many reports pointed to a Retina iPad mini introduction in the spring of next year.

With a little patience, we’ll all find out soon enough if either, neither or somehow both these reports are true.



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