iPad Mini Retina May Cost More Than Initially Predicted

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The Apple iPad Mini with retina display could come with high assembly costs for the display, at lease according to a report from Asia.

Many people have wished that for a retina display version of the Apple iPad Mini. However the retina display could add on a great deal of cost to the mini tablet.

Rumours from Asia say that the cost of the iPad Mini might increase by around a third, however at the moment nothing has been said about whether this would affect price.

Digitimes are close to the chain of suppliers for components in Asia and they have said that adding on the retina display would mean display components that are of course most costly. They said “If iPad mini adopts the Retina display, the dots per inch (DPI) will be higher and the brightness of the backlight modules will have to improve. This also means the number of LEDs used will…[increase the total cost] by more than 30% if it is equipped with the 7.9-inch Retina panel.”

This is something along the lines of what a display analyst from HIS Suppli said to CNET back in November.

She said that the retina version of the Apple iPad Mini could not have the same design as the Mini that it on the market at the moment. She said that Apple would need to make some compromises on the weight, the thickness and the price tag.

However this was three months ago and it is not known whether technology such as IGZO or Low Temperature Polysilicon, which was used on the Apple iPhone 5, would address the assembly challenges for the display.

Should these be met then the retina version of the Apple iPad Mini could keep the current design and it may be possible that it would be able to keep the same price tag too.

Apple revealed the Apple 9.7 inch retina display in March last year and they kept the same price.

Mike is the man who reviews gadgets that aren’t mainstream or products that can’t exactly be classified as consumer electronics e.g. portable talking toilets. It’s always interesting to read about the crazy products we have here in Asia that just don’t get as much publicity as they warrant.