Rumormongering about an iPad Mini with Retina Display is sort of the perfect rumor for gadget blogs because one day between now and forever, when Apple inevitably releases said device, their predictions will come true. Dissatisfied with the iPhone tea-leaves, which suggest fanboys only have a cheap iPhone 5 to look forward to, the tech whisperers have a new white whale: The iPad Mini with Retina Display. The rumor, which has been circulating for months on the blogs dedicated to just mongering, has today made its way to a more mainstream outlets. Looking into a minor Apple TV update discovered in FCC filings, Marco Arment, the creator of Instapaper, concludes: "It’s obvious, in retrospect, what this is probably for: the Retina iPad Mini." Christopher Mims over at Quartz finds that believable enough writing: "Here comes an iPad Mini with a Retina display—aka the best tablet ever." And with that, the iPad Mini with Retina Display rumor was born.
It makes sense that this idea would catch on: Techies dream of crystal clear iPad Mini screens, even if they won't admit it. Despite having a screen that looks fuzzier than all the other Apple tablets, the iPad Mini has won the hearts of the tech snobs. These people claim the lack of a "resolutionary" display doesn't matter. But, as Mims notes, that light, little, computer-pad, would go from a techie favorite, to the best ever, if only it had the upgraded display. It would most certainly replace the iPad Mini as the New York Times's Nick Bilton's "Desert Island Gadget." (Recently the iPad Mini took the honor from his iPhone.)