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iPad 6 with 30-40% Higher Pixel Density Expected in 2014

ipad5_2 Countering earlier reports about the possibility of Apple launching a larger, 12.9-inch iPad next year, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo states in a new research note that the company will instead release a new sixth-generation 9.7-inch iPad with 30-40% higher pixel density than seen in both the current and upcoming full-sized iPad.
Contrary to speculation that next year’s iPad next year may come in a 12” form, or larger, we think it will not change from the current 9.7” format as we think a 12” iPad would not provide a good mobility experience given today’s technology limitations.

In light [of] advancing Oxide and a-Si technologies, the PPI of iPad 6, which we expect to come out at end-2014, will exceed that of 2013’s iPad 5 by 30-40%, which will offer more competent visuals.
In his research note, Kuo also touches on the third-generation iPad mini, which would be expected to launch alongside the higher-resolution iPad 6. Kuo believes that the second-generation iPad mini expected to be introduced at Apple's media event later this month will adopt a Retina display and that there will be no further changes to resolution for the third-generation iPad mini next year.

Apple is expected to unveil both the fifth-generation iPad and the second-generation iPad mini during an October 22 event that will also showcase other Apple products such as Mavericks and the Mac Pro.

Related roundups: iPad Air, iPad mini

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10 months ago
I don't even think the human eye could perceive a difference. Apple needs to focus on specs that really matter...
Rating: 50 Votes
10 months ago
This site should be called AnalystRumors. Seriously. Nothing they say is ever credible.
Rating: 26 Votes
10 months ago
This is good news as, to me, a 12 inch pad, almost defeats the purpose of a pad. Of course samsung will make a 14 inch pad that doubles as a phone. Cant wait to see some dweeb with that up to his head talking! Or better yet, at some concert taking photos with it!
Rating: 16 Votes
10 months ago

This site should be called AnalystRumors. Seriously. Nothing they say is ever been credible.


Kuo has been reliable.

arn
Rating: 14 Votes
10 months ago
Is there really any point to increasing the pixel density of the iPad?

I have fairly good eyesight, and at a normal viewing distance (about two feet) I CAN'T SEE the pixels on my iPad 4. What's the point increasing density, creating more pixels that the GPU has to push (slowing things down) at this point?

Even with the iPad closer to my face I can barely see the pixels, and only if I really look for them. Text looks like a printed page. Images look like photographic prints. The current PPI is more than enough.
Rating: 12 Votes
10 months ago
I'd like to see Apple using the extra pixel density to finally add camera pixels in to the display. It makes sense on so many levels:

1. You can make eye contact while video-calling people
2. It could be used to support non-capacitive input devices like pens or paintbrushes
3. It gets rid of the front-facing camera hole, allowing for sleeker devices and less bezel
Rating: 12 Votes
10 months ago
Honestly I would like to see more software innovations than hardware innovations.
Rating: 10 Votes
10 months ago
Complete ********.

If Apple introduced iPad screens with a non-linear (i.e. non-double) pixel count, it would be for a different sized iPad.

Otherwise, app developers would have to develop two different screen sizes for the same size iPad ? Never going to happen.

-t
Rating: 9 Votes
10 months ago
I, an analyst can confirm that the iPad 6 will have a USB port. :rolleyes:
Rating: 8 Votes
10 months ago

Is there really any point to increasing the pixel density of the iPad?

I have fairly good eyesight, and at a normal viewing distance (about two feet) I CAN'T SEE the pixels on my iPad 4. What's the point increasing density, creating more pixels that the GPU has to push (slowing things down) at this point?

Even with the iPad closer to my face I can barely see the pixels, and only if I really look for them. Text looks like a printed page. Images look like photographic prints. The current PPI is more than enough.


I'm not going to argue your point because I basically agree. But if they do it, RetinaPlus (you heard it here first!) will sell like hot cakes, and everyone here who upgrades will sing the praises of its overkill pixel density, while calling the previous models a joke.

The iPod was a "joke".
Apple stores were "doomed".
The iPhone would fail.
The iPad was just a big iPod Touch; who would want that?
There will be no iPad Mini "guaranteed".

Just some of the many predictions by our esteemed community of experts.
Rating: 7 Votes

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