Report: LG ships Retina displays for next-gen iPad mini

Posted by Trent Nouveau

A new report indicates that LG is preparing to ship millions of Retina panels slated for Apple's upcoming iPad mini which is likely to see a fourth quarter launch.

According to DigiTimes, Apple will debut its Retina-powered iPad Mini in 2013, with LG "making new headway" in rolling out the high-res panels. Indeed, the LG is apparently planning to ship 2.5 to 3 million 9.7-inch panels a month for the iPad, with 1-2 million destined for a next-gen version of Apple's full-size tablet.

As expected, the fifth-gen iPad will be thinner and lighter than existing versions, using a single LED backlight bar, rather than the current two-module configuration.

"The latest rumblings over the Pad mini come just four days after the publication cited other supply chain sources in a report claiming the device would merely see a redesign for 2013, with a Retina model to come sometime in 2014," explained AppleInsider.

"[Meanwhile], a separate report from China's Economic Daily News last week seconded the rumor, contradicting various reports indicating Apple was pushing for a fall release."