元器件交易网讯 8月15日消息，据外媒周三（8月14日）报告称，援引自市场研究公司IHS iSuppli的数据，苹果的合作伙伴供应商都在加足马力提高其高分辨率液晶面板的生产，该面板将用于苹果即将推出的二代iPad mini，预计其面板出货量将接近2012年11月份首次亮相的平板电脑数量。
该公司负责移动和新兴显示器的Vinita Jakhanwal表示，显示器出货量类似于去年第四季度，预计乐金显示（LG Display)至少在初期是iPad mini的主要视网膜屏幕供应商，苹果现有的合作伙伴夏普预计在随后的生产周期中也供应产品。
此前有谣传称第二代iPad mini采用7.9英寸分辨率为2048*1536的高清显示屏，像素密度也从iPad 4的264ppi提升到324ppi
关于苹果iPad mini 2的发布日期一直没有确定。有人说，该平板将在第四季度发布，而其他预测则表示到2014年才发布。最近，凯基证券分析师郭明池（Ming-Chi Kuo）说，苹果很可能会在明年的3月或4月份推出两个新版本的平板电脑，一个是廉价非视网膜模型和溢价视网膜迭代机型。（元器件交易网郭路平 译）
Production of next-gen iPad mini"s Retina display reportedly near 2012 launch levels
A report late Wednesday said Apple"s partner suppliers have ramped up production of high-resolution LCD panels bound for the next-generation iPad mini, with output holding steady at the same levels seen during the tablet"s launch last year.
Citing data from market research firm IHS iSuppli, CNET reported that display production for Apple"s second-generation iPad mini is now at a level "similar" to that seen when the tablet was first unveiled in November 2012. The publication adds to recent rumors that claim Apple"s tablet will sport a high-resolution Retina panel.
The firm"s director of mobile and emerging displays, Vinita Jakhanwal, noted volumes are similar to the fourth quarter of last year. LG Display is expected to be the primary screen supplier for the Retina iPad mini, at least initially, with existing Apple partner Sharp expected to follow later in the production cycle.
A recent report from The Wall Street Journal said Apple may add Samsung to the supplier list despite the two companies" ongoing legal disputes and status as rival manufacturers. The move is thought to ensure that an adequate number of units will be available for launch.
The next-gen mini is expected to keep the 7.9-inch form factor, but up resolution to 2,048-by-1,536 pixels. This equates to a pixel density of 324 pixels per inch.
Finally, Jakhanwal said AU Optronics has also started furnishing Apple with 7.9-inch panels for current-generation models, but it is unclear if the company will be able to scale up its technology to meet Retina display requirements.
Rumors regarding a launch date for Apple"s "iPad mini 2" have been scattershot. Some say the the tablet will see release in the fourth quarter, while others predict a launch won"t happen until 2014. Most recently, KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said Apple is likely to introduce two new versions of the tablet, a low-cost non-Retina model and a premium Retina iteration, in March or April of next year.