The iPad mini could sport a retina display and still cut costs.

john gruber on the iPad mini’s display :

I believe the iPad Mini (or whatever it’s going to be called) uses the same display as the iPhone 3GS. So instead of cutting these sheets into 3.5-inch 480 × 320 displays for the iPhone 3GS, they’ll cut them into 7.85-inch 1024 × 768 displays for the smaller iPad. Same exact display technology, though — display technology that Apple has been producing at scale ever since the original iPhone five years ago.

I think a better alternative would be to use the non-ips retina display found on the ipod touch. It will work out considerably cheaper than ips retina displays. Producing those in large quantities shouldn’t be a problem for apple. Plus, they could use the retina moniker to market the ipad mini. I don’t see Apple taking a step back in display technology just to cut costs.

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