A new report out of CNET claims that Apple is finally gearing up for the launch of its rumored Retina display iPad mini, and that mass production of the device is set to begin in either June or July.
NPD DisplaySearch analyst Richard Shim says that the device’s display will pack a resolution of 2,048×1,536 for a PPI (pixels per inch) that is roughly equivalent to what we currently have on the iPhone 5, which has a PPI of 326. This will make it one of the most pixel dense tablets to date.
LG Display will reportedly be the main manufacturer of the device’s display.
Shim also claims that while the Retina iPad mini is scheduled to be released this fall, he says that Apple will release a 3rd generation iPad mini with an updated processor in Q1 2014, similar to what happened with the 4th gen original iPad.
The iPad mini turned out to be tremendously popular for Apple, so it should be interesting to see how big of a launch a Retina version will have. The original iPad mini’s display was the center of much of the device’s criticism, so the launch of a Retina version should sway both tons of new customers and those looking to upgrade from their old device to run over to an Apple Store.