03 January 2013 17:45 | By Jamie Carter
The tech to expect in 2013

Apple iPad mini Retina



Apple iPad mini Retina (© Apple)
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Apple's first stab at a small 7.9-inch tablet has the form factor, but lacks the Retina display of the latest full-size iPad.

Will we see an iPad Mini with Retina in 2013? Probably --€“ though the current model has the same resolution as the iPad 2, so upping the resolution to a Retina display could mean app developers having to code new versions of their apps.

Having a Retina display would also require a faster processor and a bigger battery, though theoretical hardware limitations like that haven't stopped Apple thus far.

Either way, a second-generation iPad mini seems likely in the summer, though probably without a '2' moniker; Apple's traditional naming convention for its iPads seem to have gone the way of Ping. And with Apple's line-up of iMacs just refreshed, the iPad mini could be the only outing in 2013 on a new product for the brand's flagship Retina display.

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