Sources at AU Optronics (AUO), which supplies the 1024x768, 7.9-inch display panels for the current iPad minis, said that the firm expects to start mass production of 2048x1536 resolution screens by the second half of 2013.
According to DoNews (via Slashgear), the iPad mini 2 panels will have a pixel density of 324 pixels per inch (ppi), a huge improvement on the current model's 163 ppi.
Launched last week, the iPad mini has received generally positive reviews from the critics, but many have criticised its lack of the Retina display seen in the latest iPhones, iPads and Macs.
It is thought that production problems meant Apple was unable to fit the Retina in the first-generation iPad mini, but the firm is expected to eventually bring a higher resolution to the device.
Copyright: PA Images Marcio Jose Sanchez/APAUO was reportedly having yield issues with LCD iPad mini panels, but the firm claims that it has improved production processes, paving the way for the move to a higher resolution.
Slashgear reports that Apple will maintain its annual refresh of the iPad line, despite the new model of the iPad launching in October, just seven months after the iPad 3 was introduced.
The site expects the iPad mini 2 with Retina display to arrive in the fourth quarter of 2013, meaning Apple is set for another busy final quarter next year.