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Apple to go Retina on iPad Mini

Gregg Keizer | Aug. 2, 2013
'Inevitable,' says analyst in the face of conflicting reports, especially after Google delivered a high-resolution Nexus 7 for $249

Whatever Apple does will significantly affect its bottom line, as smaller tablets are expected to comprise the majority of sales not only this year, but capture ever-larger shares in the near future.

Earlier this week, NPD DisplaySearch updated its tablet forecast, saying that devices with screens smaller than 8-in. will account for 59% of the market this year and climb to 63% of all sales in 2015.

"Smaller tablets are important, because they will encourage adoption in emerging regions," said DisplaySearch analyst Richard Shim in a statement. "Smaller screen sizes translate to lower-priced options, since display panels tend to comprise just over a third of the total cost of a tablet, which makes them attractive in price-sensitive markets."

 

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