Here's a crazy idea: iOS 7 should bring resolution independence.
So, I've been thinking.
There is no way that putting a screen with the resolution of the iPad with retina display into the iPad mini is beneficial to that product whatsoever. It will become heavier, bloated, and will require a CPU/GPU thingy that is far too powerful for that little battery. No one wants the iPad mini to become thicker and heavier. Yeah, I get it, I am sure it's a huge engineering challenge and we're getting 1080p phones soon, but when it comes down to it, it's a bit of an overkill.
So, what if the iPad mini had the screen resolution of 1600x1200. Would that be so crazy? No need for the machine to render iPad-giga like assets while still remaining (almost?) Retina crisp.
Wether developers opt to just "downscale" their apps or create an equivalent is up to them.
Which brings me to my next point. Mac apps can do this, why can't iOS apps:
Why are we always coddling iOS devs with "oh no now they have more resolutions/devices to support". I mean, hell, Mac development is fine and that's way more devices and wayyyy more resolutions.
So, if we had that in place, iOS became truly resolution independent... what I would like to happen is come next september:
iPhone 5S L. Now, that might be a mouthful, but how awesome would a 4.5" iPhone be? I'm a big guy, I have big hands, I like the iPhone. But I'd like a bigger iPhone even more. Don't make me switch to Android just because I want a bigger screen Apple. Take my money.
What do you guys think?