iPad mini 2 will remain without Retina

Analyst Richard Shim of NPD DisplaySearch has denied his previous prediction of a Retina display on the iPad mini earlier than 2014.

Back in May of this year, Shim said with full confidence that in the coming autumn Apple will present its junior tablet with a new screen, the resolution of which will be increased to the level of the senior representative of the iPad family. The analyst then adjusted the timing a couple of times. Now Richard says that “Apple will update the iPad mini in the second half of 2013, continuing to use a 1024 × 768 display in this device, but updating the operating system to iOS 7 and the processor to A6, as well as making the tablet thinner.”

Shim also believes that Cupertino is currently working on a new full-size iPad with an unannounced A7 processor, and claims that “of all iOS tablets shipped in 2013, the iPad mini will account for 60%, and the iPad will account for 40%.” All in all, according to Richard’s forecast, 66% of tablets shipped to the market in 2013 will have a screen diagonal of less than 9 inches. At such moments, it is customary to recall the words of Steve Jobs, who predicted a failure in the tablet market for everything that is smaller than the original iPad …

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