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Apple is undoubtedly preparing to put a Retina screen in next version of the iPad mini, according to a brand-new report from the Commercial Journal. The new variation of Apple’s smaller sized, 7.9-inch tablet will have a high-resolution screen offered by Samsung’s display supply wing, as well as LG and Sharp. Initially, per the report, Apple wanted to skip Samsung for this round but wished to ensure it could meet purchaser need.

The information that Apple is preparing to enter automation on a Retina iPad mini starting in the fourth quarter of this year comes simply as rumors circulated yesterday that Apple would likely skip putting a high-res screen in the next version, and rather improve the processor that powers the gadget, which was based on tips in code discovered in the iOS 7 beta.

9to5Mac initially reported the non-Retina A6-powered iPad mini, but did explicitly state that this does not imply Apple is preparing to ship one. Apple regularly checks a range of gadgets in its laboratories and brings only a select few to market, so it’s possible that a non-Retina variation was in the works together with a Retina range. Apple should pay attention to the marketplace, and the Nexus 7′s ultra high-resolution screen (in addition to other upcoming devices like the rumored Kindle Fire HD refresh) could in concept have prompted the business to select one over the various other.

The WSJ certifies its report by stating that Apple often tests different designs too, and makes no cases that the Retina iPad will definitely make it to market. The timing and nature of the report appears like a controlled leak, however, Apple watchers and experts were quick to slam the possibility that Apple wouldn’t present a Retina display in a second-generation iPad mini. An unexpected leak sprouting saying it’ll is the best means to lighten those fears while profiting from the limelight focused by the earlier leak to build even more product hype.

Apple wishes to wean itself away from a supply dependency on Samsung, the WSJ restates, considering that the 2 are now main competitors on the smartphone front and still involved in numbers court fights over intellectual property. However Samsung is a vital provider for numerous vital components, not the least of which is screens, so it is not surprising to see them called as a source for a Retina iPad mini screen. The WSJ also states we can see several various colors for the brand-new mini’s back cover, just like with the color iPod touch.

If Apple is ramping up for Q4 manufacturing of this device, we can see it arrive around the exact same time as in 2012’s first model, so around November this year. A Retina iPad mini before Christmas would definitely lead to big perks for Apple’s holiday quarter sales, so the timing fits.