Get Ready for Apple's Retina iPad Mini&Nbsp; ) faces in making a Retina iPad Mini, many of which seemingly conflict with the strategic purchase of the smaller tablet, but the Mac maker is still expected to deliver such a device in the near future.
NPD DisplaySearch analyst Richard Shim tells CNET that the Retina iPad Mini is still on track for launch this year, likely in the third quarter. DisplaySearch typically has a reliable read on panel supply chain happenings, so Shim's predictions have some bearing. The new model is expected to carry a Retina display alongside a faster processor.
The three most important components in making Retina happen are the display, processor, and battery. Getting a panel with double the pixel dimensions is just the first step. Apple would also need a chip with beefier graphics, such as the X-series of its A-chips that feature more graphics cores. Both of those ingredients would rely on a much larger battery, which is a challenge considering the small size of the iPad Mini.
These challenges are far from insurmountable, but addressing all of these needed changes could result in greater costs or larger form factors -- which go against what the iPad Mini is all about.
Games dominate Apple's all-time apps list - USA Today
Owners of Apple's iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch appear to be huge fans of downloadable games.
As Apple approaches 50 billion downloads on its App Store, the company has revealed the top 25 paid and free apps for the iPad and iPhone, with games taking over several spots.
On iPad, 15 of the 25 most downloaded apps ever are games, including five of the top six. On the free apps list, seven are games.
The category's representation on iPhone is even stronger. According to Apple, 21 of the top 25 paid apps are games (we count Pocket God and The Moron Test , which are still games even though they fall in the Entertainment category). On the free side, six are games.
As expected, the Rovio franchise Angry Birds is featured heavily on these lists, thanks to the original Angry Birds game as well as follow-ups Angry Birds Seasons and Angry Birds Space .
On iPhone, social networking apps were also popular. Facebook is top free app on the iPhone, while messaging service WhatsApp Messenger was the top paid non-gaming app for the device. Photo and video apps did well, too. Instagram and YouTube were among the top five free apps.