Apple’s next-gen iPad mini’s Retina display is ‘amazing,’ says source

My Drivers is a mainland Chinese website (i.e. simplified characters) and the world is beating a path to that digital doorstep because it has iPad mini Retina juice, a brimming glassful,” Tapscape reports.

“Indeed there will be a Retina iPad mini, which Apple will almost certainly call ‘iPad mini with Retina display,’” Tapscape reports. “Resolution is said to be pegged at 2048 x 1536 pixels with an eye-pleasing 324ppi pixel density. Further, it’s believed that long-time Apple supplier AU Optronics will supply the panels.”

My Drivers report, in part, via Google Translate:

Subsequently there are foreign media gives the news that a contact with a prototype of the Apple iPad mini 2 internal staff said the iPad mini size and shape of the iPad mini, but the improvement of the display “amazing”. In addition, the employee also revealed that, in order to support this piece of retina screen, iPad mini using A5X dual-core processor (GPU quad-core).

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MacDailyNews Take: Yes, using proven iPad (3rd gen.) SoC and other components certainly won’t hurt Apple’s margins. If the next-gen iPad mini ships as described, Wall Street analysts should take note.

Apple’s forthcoming 5th gen. iPad rear case design reportedly leaks (with photo)

“Over the past few months, multiple rumors have pointed to Apple’s fifth-generation iPad being in development with a design akin to the recently launched iPad mini,” 9to5Mac reports. “That design would likely feature the black & slate/white & silver design language, thinner casing, chamfered edges, and a smaller overall footprint.”

9to5Mac reports, “Today, we received an unverified image from a purported China-based iPad accessories maker, an industry that seems to frequently tip off Apple’s future product designs, of the back plate for the next iPad… We were told this is a prototype back piece for the fifth-generation iPad with a 9.7-inch display. We were also told that the casing is almost as thin as the iPad mini’s back.”

Purported iPad (5th gen.) rear case (left), current iPad mini (right). via 9to5Mac.com

Purported iPad (5th gen.) rear case (left), current iPad mini (right). via 9to5Mac.com

More info and images in the full article here.

Apple to release two 4-inch iPhones featuring in-cell touch in 2013, say sources

“Apple is planning the release of two iPhones in 2013 that are likely to be sized 4-inch and feature in-cell technology, according to industry sources,” Siu Han and Alex Wolfgram report for DigiTimes.

“Previously it was said that Apple would release a lower-cost version of its iPhone with a bigger screen in 2013,” Han and Wolfgram report. “But the sources claimed that Apple is indeed developing an iPhone with a bigger screen, but that will not be among the models to be lancuhed this year.”

Han and Wolfgram report, “However, the sources noted it is still yet to be determined if Apple will have adequate supply of in-cell touch panels in 2013 for a lower-cost version of the iPhone due to mass production issues…”

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Related article:
4.8-inch ‘iPhone Math’ may be one of three new Apple smartphones to launch along with ‘iTV’ this year – January 21, 2013

New Mac Pro release date, rumors and images

“Welcome to our New Mac Pro release date, rumours and leaked images article, here we plan to do everything that the title suggests,” Karen Haslam reports for Macworld UK.

“We are going to bring you everything we know about the new Mac Pro release date so you can know exactly when the new Mac Pro is coming out,” Haslam reports. “Also we are going to bring you a few of the juiciest spec rumours that are flying round the web’s most trusted Mac websites too. Finally we have new Mac Pro leaked images that we’d like to show you.”

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MacDailyNews Note: Those “leaked images” are really just artists’ conceptions, not actual leaks. The rest of the article contains better information than the images.