I completely understand what you said but let thinking about it for a sec. If Apple didn't upgrade new mini to retina, what else with it can they do? A7 is overkill for the non-retina screen. Touch ID is still hard to produce.Yes, they can make it cheaper but it'd only make people think of Apple product as a cheap one. It will be unexciting upgrade if not for retina. If Android has any effect on Apple in this case the new mini will be retina AND much cheaper.