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Apple will launch a second-generation iPad mini with a Retina display sometime before the end of the year, according to the Wall Street Journal.

According to the WSJ, the high-resolution display will be made by Samsung. Apple usually updates its iOS devices in September or October, in time for the Christmas shopping season.

‘The size of the new tablet will likely be the same as the current 7.9-inch model, which was released in November last year. Apple has also been contemplating multiple color back covers for the new tablet,’ reported the Journal.

In addition to Samsung, Apple will also use displays from LG and Sharp, said the Journal’s sources.

9to5 Mac reported yesterday that references in the iOS 7 beta SDK pointed to three new iPad mini models – one wifi only and two with cellular radio connections – none of which appeared to have a Retina display.

From the references, we can also infer that this potential iPad mini model will lack a Retina display. The versions of these references for Apple’s Retina display devices, such as the iPhone 5 and fourth-generation iPad, include hooks to images at a “@2x” mode. “@2x” is how developers reference app artwork that is built for a Retina display device. However, these new iPad minis lack the “@2x” hook, including only references to non-Retina images. Perhaps corroborating this is that the rumored Retina display iPad mini codename is “J85,” while the iPad mini model we have learned about is “J75.”

According to the SDK references, the new minis will feature the same A6 system-on-a-chip as the iPhone 5, providing faster performance than the current iPad mini.

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