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Apple's New iPad Mini Will Feature Samsung Retina Screen Later This Year

SAN JOSE, CA - OCTOBER 23:  The new iPad mini is displayed after its unveiling at an Apple special event at the historic California Theater on October 23, 2012 in San Jose, California. The iPad mini is Apple's smaller 7.9 inch version of the iPad tablet.  (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

SAN JOSE, CA - OCTOBER 23: The new iPad mini is displayed after its unveiling at an Apple special event at the historic California Theater on October 23, 2012 in San Jose, California. The iPad mini is Apple's smaller 7.9 inch version of the iPad tablet. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)  (2012 Getty Images)

Apple Inc.'s suppliers are gearing up for mass production of a new iPad mini in the fourth quarter that will likely feature a high-resolution screen from Samsung, people familiar with the matter say, an indication of the difficulty the U.S. company faces in its attempt to reduce its dependence on its biggest rival.

Apple is working with suppliers in Asia on its next iPad mini with a high-resolution "retina" display, unlike the current iPad mini that comes with a lower-resolution screen, the people said. 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, they said.

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