KGI-Securities Expert Ming-Chi Kuo has actually gone on record forecasting Apple has plans to launch the iPad 5 and the iPad mini 2 with an A7X processor in time for the upcoming holiday. Because the A7X will be a considerable upgrade from the existing A5 processor discovered in the iPad mini, Kuo thinks this suggests the second-generation mini’ll make use of a Retina screen like its larger equivalent.

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Retina screens lower the amount of pixelation the human eye detects at a regular viewing variety while enhancing resolution. The analyst’s prediction of the A7X chip in both devices is based upon the reality that only an A-Series-X chip is powerful enough to run a Retina screen, eliminating an upgrade to an A6. Nevertheless, some pundits believe this does not dismiss the possibility of an A6X powered mini.

Furthermore, MacRumors reports he feels the launch of the Retina mini has actually been moved up from its originally forecasted launch in the first quarter of 2014, to fourth quarter 2013, to be competitive with other, smaller sized tablets flooding the marketplace around the Christmas season. This change in strategies could effect production, making the iPad mini 2 a hot product throughout its preliminary launch. Kuo still anticipates Apple to release a lower-priced, non-Retina iPad model in very early 2014 with an A6 processor.