According to a report on the Wall Street Journal, the next version of iPad Mini will come with Retina display afterall.

Based on its sources who are supposedly aware of the development of the next iPad Mini, Apple is gearing up towards a holiday quarter launch of its 7.9-inch tablet successor. The sources claimed, “Apple’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.”

No further details have been reported at this time but, we speculate that the word ‘likely’ in the statement indicates that Apple may have also ordered Sharp and LG to manufacture its Retina display for the next-gen iPad Mini. If this report does turn out to be true, then it means that Apple has ditched its current supplier AU Optronics – probably because there were huge component shortage during the launch of the original iPad Mini last year.

There were reports earlier that Cupertino may be looking to launch a 13-inch variant of the iPad as well. This seems to be highly unlikely considering that the fruity company already has laptops of those screen sizes and an iPad of that size wouldn’t find too many buyers.