Originally Posted by sr2012
The iPad mini screen is not great.
It's better than the iPad 2 display and better than the iPhone 3GS and older display. Why? Because it's 163 PPI -and- IPS as opposed to being 132 PPI -and/or- TN.
"...The iPad mini is certainly a very capable small Tablet, but it does not follow in Apple’s tradition of providing the best display, or at least a great display – it has just a very capable display. What’s more, the displays on existing mini Tablets from Amazon and Google outperform the iPad mini in most of our Lab tests as documented below in the Shoot-Out Comparison Table. Some of this results from constraints within the iPad product line, and some to realistic constraints on display technology and costs, but much of it is due to a number of poor choices and compromises."
Where did Apple provide the best display for the iPod Touch WHICH CAME AFTER THE IPHONE? They didn't, at least not until the iPod Touch for 2012 which means 4 generations of iPod Touch displays were inferior to the displays used on the iPhone that came months before it. They also used a lower PPI on the iPad than the iPhone and we know which came out after the other one.
It's very simple. The only reasonable way to make the iPad mini work was to use a 1024x768 display so they iPad apps would still work relatively well. They then choose 163 PPI panels because they had a lot of experience with those from 3 generations of iPhone and iPod Touches. All of this allows for great quality with a lower cost. When the time is right — I don't think before 2014 — they will release an iPad mini with a Retina display that is still lightweight and has a 10 hour battery.
Let's not forget that in the year 2012 it was still seen as impossible for Apple to offer a 2048x1536 display on such a small device that runs ARM and is expected to have a 10 hour battery life (which they did by making it thicker and heavier) and now you and et al. are acting disappointed
because in that same year in a much smaller package with a much denser display it's not feasible.
"...As we have pointed out a number of times, the best way to increase visual text sharpness on any display is by using Sub-Pixel Rendering, which Apple should now implement in order for the iPad mini to become competitive on visual sharpness…"
How can anyone claim to be an expert of displays and not understand how sub pixels are lad out.Edited by SolipsismX - 12/19/12 at 8:05pm