The iPad Mini Will Use Thin-Film Display
The sometimes-unreliable DigiTimes revealed that suppliers will deliver thin-film materials for Apple’s upcoming iPad Mini. The so-called G/F2 design reportedly can reduce manufacturing costs and make the tablet thinner than its bigger 9.7” brethrens. The technology uses one less film layer than the current iPad’s display. Despite prevalent skepticism with current thin-film touch technology, the iPad Mini is expected to have good sensitivity and looks more transparent. The technology can shave off 0.44 mm from the thickness of the iPad Mini, which allows for a bigger battery.
Previous rumors reported that the 7.85” iPad will have 1024 x 768 (XGA) pixels resolution, which is similar to the resolution of the original iPad and the iPad 2. Apple certainly has the capability to use higher resolution such 1280 x 720 or 1280 x 800. But, the XGA resolution allows the 7.85” iPad, to run apps currently available for the original iPad and the iPad 2. Various report reaffirmed that the Mini iPad would have a height roughly similar to the width of the 9.7” iPad. A more affordable, smaller model allows the company to directly compete with many 7” tablet including Amazon Kindle Fire and Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0).