iPad Mini Getting Retina Display Upgrade; Is it Worth It?
Apple’s iPad mini is making headway with a 400-plus pixel-per-inch (PPI) display for future generations of the iPad, according to Patently Apple. But is the release of the increased-pixel display worth it?
We don’t think so.
The current iteration of the iPad mini is designed with a 7.9-inch 1024 x 768 display with a 163 PPI pixel density, which values under ‘Retina’ display quality. Simply put, the ‘Retina’ display is the limit in which a human eye can no longer distinguish an individual pixel from a typical reading distance.
So, the smart move would be to bump the pixel resolution up to two times its screen resolution, to 2048 x 1536 with a pixel density of 326 PPI — the same density as the iPhone. The rumor mill has indicated that the iPad Mini 2 will feature double the PPI, which will hit Apple’s ‘Retina’ display standard.
But Apple wants to move beyond that number, to the excess of 400 PPI on a 7.85-inch screen.
In order to pull it off, Apple will have to move from a amorphous silicon (a-Si) type processing to a low temperature polysilicon (LTPS) process in its manufacturing warehouses. The transition will not only cost time, but millions and millions of dollars.
So what’s the upside?
Not much. If you move beyond 326 PPI, there’s not much to gain except for some promotional incentives. The increase in pixels won’t display a much clearer image at a normal viewing distance. It would also hamper the quality of existing apps, which won’t scale up properly.
So while the 400-plus PPI display is only here-say, we couldn’t imagine Apple moving up to such an unnecessary enhancement. At least, for their investors’ sake we hope.
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