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Analyst Thinks Apple May Be Working On a Widescreen iPad

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Will Apple go widescreen with its upcoming iPad?

One of the features Apple advertises in its latest iPhone 5 creation is its 4-inch 16:9 aspect ratio screen, ideal for watching HD cat videos on Google's standalone YouTube app. While some thought the screen and its additional row of home icons was a bit too narrow, others were happy the phone finally came with a bigger screen.

But would the widescreen format work out on the company's upcoming iPad update? According to industry analyst Paul Mueller, Apple may be pursuing the idea with an upcoming prototype 16:9 iPad. Since the iPad is much more ideal for watching HD videos and movies, we wouldn't be surprised if the rumors were true.

Of course, just because the company intends to make a prototype doesn't necessarily mean it'll ever hit the market. The 16:9 aspect ratio is nice for watching widescreen videos, but may not be the most preferred aspect ratio for other iPad-esque tasks such as browsing, reading, or mobile gaming. But if there's one thing we can be sure of, it's that we'll hear plenty more iPad rumors all the way up until the reveal.


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    halcyon , October 2, 2012 5:28 PM
    This just in. Apple iPad employee took a dump. It is said he was leaning slightly to the right when it happened.

    I don't really mind all the Apple-centric news but why so much less news on HTC's, Asus', Samsung's or anyone else's gadgets in the works. Every time Apple farts we get the opportunity to read about it so spread the love.

    -Ex iSheep
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    g00fysmiley , October 2, 2012 5:05 PM
    if they did change it to 16:9 they would retroactivly claim to have invented it and sue all the current companies producing tablets in 16:9 for years
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    Pennanen , October 2, 2012 4:50 PM
    So if you flip regular ipad 90 degrees it wont play videos vertical?
  • 8 Hide
    Prey , October 2, 2012 4:50 PM
    pssst.. just turn it sideways ;)  Obivously I know the aspect ratio is different, but now people can spend another $500
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    g00fysmiley , October 2, 2012 5:05 PM
    if they did change it to 16:9 they would retroactivly claim to have invented it and sue all the current companies producing tablets in 16:9 for years
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    seels , October 2, 2012 5:08 PM
    Whatever it is, I'll be on line at my Apple store to get the latest and greatest. Everything Apple makes is simply amazing.

    Sent from my New iPad
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    eternalkp , October 2, 2012 5:14 PM
    Oh no.
    Google nexus 7, watch out.
    They will sue and take $100 billion dollars
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    neon neophyte , October 2, 2012 5:27 PM
    Because 16:9 wasn't the obvious choice before... but now it's magical.
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    halcyon , October 2, 2012 5:28 PM
    This just in. Apple iPad employee took a dump. It is said he was leaning slightly to the right when it happened.

    I don't really mind all the Apple-centric news but why so much less news on HTC's, Asus', Samsung's or anyone else's gadgets in the works. Every time Apple farts we get the opportunity to read about it so spread the love.

    -Ex iSheep
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    Gundam288 , October 2, 2012 6:11 PM
    seelsWhatever it is, I'll be on line at my Apple store to get the latest and greatest. Everything Apple makes is simply amazing.Sent from my New iPad

    Really? If I was in your place I would be selling my spot in line. Just saying....
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    sliem , October 2, 2012 6:18 PM
    They need to make a triangle iPad and sue "The Office" and the actual paper company...
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    bllue , October 2, 2012 6:36 PM
    Only Apple is capable of being let get away with this bs
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    Marco925 , October 2, 2012 7:37 PM
    iPad 5, Skip a number and make it longer!
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    back_by_demand , October 2, 2012 7:54 PM
    g00fysmileyif they did change it to 16:9 they would retroactivly claim to have invented it and sue all the current companies producing tablets in 16:9 for years

    Justice would be served if Samsung hit them with a billion dollar lawsuit, won and got a worldwide sales ban because it would look identical to the Galaxy Tab.
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    back_by_demand , October 2, 2012 7:55 PM
    seelsWhatever it is, I'll be on line at my Apple store to get the latest and greatest. Everything Apple makes is simply amazing.Sent from my New iPad

    I had to thumb this up, this is clearly hilarious sarcasm, deadpan humour at its finest
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    halcyon , October 2, 2012 8:26 PM
    Hey iPad...pssst...over here... I've got something you should see... Asus Transformer Infinity
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    pacomac , October 2, 2012 8:39 PM
    A 16:9 iPad would be a big mistake, only any good for video playback. I much prefer the current format for web browsing.
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    teh_chem , October 2, 2012 9:18 PM
    I think widescreen tablets are a terrible design for ergonomics. I actually like the aspect ratio of the iPad, and I dislike the aspect ratio of my Transformer. If you do any work in portrait mode, it's fairly awkward to hold and use at times.

    The thing that gets me is that while 16:9 or 16:10 are the "standard" current common aspect ratios, a lot of movies/videos are NOT that ratio. Personally I'd sooner crop/zoom a 16:9 movie to the 4:3 screen for when I do watch a movie of that aspect ratio than have a 16:9 hardware platform.

    Then again, Apple is ever-concerned with the appearance-factor of their devices (and knowing that just by looking at something, you know it's the latest and greatest). This would be the obvious way to do that.

    That being said, what I'd like from the tablet market is thinner bezels around the screen. For the love of god, I find it hard to believe you need 1" borders around a screen.
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    Solandri , October 2, 2012 9:34 PM
    teh_chemI think widescreen tablets are a terrible design for ergonomics. I actually like the aspect ratio of the iPad, and I dislike the aspect ratio of my Transformer. If you do any work in portrait mode, it's fairly awkward to hold and use at times.The thing that gets me is that while 16:9 or 16:10 are the "standard" current common aspect ratios, a lot of movies/videos are NOT that ratio.

    If you compare to the written area of a sheet of paper (i.e. subtract the margins), you'll find the 4:3 and 16:10 aspect ratios are both about the same at reproducing letter-sized paper. For A4 paper, legal-sized paper, 3:2 DSLR photos, and movies, 16:10 has less wasted screen space than 4:3.

    4:3 is only wastes less space if you scan an entire sheet of paper (including margins), convert it to PDF, and display it on the screen. But then you're looking at a 9.7" version of a 13.9" page. So a closer reproduction would be on a 14" tablet. You're better off cropping out the margins when scanning paper, after which 4:3 wastes as much space as 16:10 for letter-sized paper.

    Personally I work mostly with DSLR photos, and vastly prefer 16:10 over 4:3. Most artists probably prefer 16:10 as well since it's very close to the Golden Ratio (1.618).

    OTOH 4:3 seems to work better when browsing web pages (at least after Apple upped the resolution - the low res screen of the iPad/iPad 2 sucked at 4:3). So if all you ever do on your tablet is browse the web, then I can see that being better.
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    teh_chem , October 2, 2012 9:49 PM
    SolandriIf you compare to the written area of a sheet of paper (i.e. subtract the margins), you'll find the 4:3 and 16:10 aspect ratios are both about the same at reproducing letter-sized paper. For A4 paper, legal-sized paper, 3:2 DSLR photos, and movies, 16:10 has less wasted screen space than 4:3.4:3 is only wastes less space if you scan an entire sheet of paper (including margins), convert it to PDF, and display it on the screen. But then you're looking at a 9.7" version of a 13.9" page. So a closer reproduction would be on a 14" tablet. You're better off cropping out the margins when scanning paper, after which 4:3 wastes as much space as 16:10 for letter-sized paper.Personally I work mostly with DSLR photos, and vastly prefer 16:10 over 4:3. Most artists probably prefer 16:10 as well since it's very close to the Golden Ratio (1.618).OTOH 4:3 seems to work better when browsing web pages (at least after Apple upped the resolution - the low res screen of the iPad/iPad 2 sucked at 4:3). So if all you ever do on your tablet is browse the web, then I can see that being better.

    Those are valid points--I was thinking more along the lines of ergonomic design for holding the device while you use it. Say you're sitting on a commuter train reading a book or browsing a web page, it's less awkward (IMHO) to hold a 4:3 device in portrait orientation in one hand and use it with your other hand than a 16:9 or 16:10 device.
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    STravis , October 2, 2012 10:50 PM
    Everyone, calm down. How often are these analysts correct? They are usually worst than weather men.
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    okibrian , October 2, 2012 10:58 PM
    I turn my iPad sideways and it looks pretty damn widescreen to me. Not 16:9, but I could not care any less.
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