There are many rumors circulating that Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is working on an iPad mini with Retina display. While this is something that the public is craving, it is important to note that it could cost the Cupertino-based company up to 30 percent more in parts. Could this slow things down?
According to a report by DigiTimes, moving the iPad mini to a resolution of 2048 x 1536 could increase production cost by roughly $12 per unit.
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The article goes on to add that “if the prices and specifications of all other components stay the same, the new iPad mini with a Retina display will carry component costs above US$200/unit.”
Nobody knows for sure when the next generation Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) iPad mini will hit the market. That being said, there are always rumors floating around.
Here is more information on pricing data from the DigiTimes article:
“According to iSuppli, the price of the 7.9-inch panel is around US$32/unit and the total material cost of entry-level iPad mini is around US$188/unit. If iPad mini adopts the Retina display, the dots per inch (DPI) will be higher and the brightness of the backlight modules will have to improve. This also means the number of LEDs used will increase, and therefore market observers believe the total cost for iPad mini will increase by more than 30% if it is equipped with the 7.9-inch Retina panel.”
There is no denying the fact that Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) wants to give consumers what they are looking for. And what they are looking for right now is an iPad mini with Retina display.
It will be interesting to see if any more pricing information is released in the near future.
Do you think a price increase could hold Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) back from adding Retina display to the new iPad mini? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.
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