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Apple Working On A Widescreen (16:9) Next Generation iPad [Rumour]

by on September 27th, 2012

In addition to the much rumored iPad Mini which is expected to be released at a dedicated event next month, Apple is reportedly working on a next generation iPad prototype with a widescreen HD display of 16:9 ratio, according to the Examiner (via Razorian Fly). This will make the iPad ‘taller’ and not ‘wider’ following the iPhone 5 and new iPod touch display pattern.

According to Los Angeles industry analyst Paul Mueller, Apple is currently prototyping several models of its iPad which carry a 16:9 aspect ratio. He said that he has so far spoken to at least three people close to Apple, all of whom appear to corroborate this possibility. The analyst added that he should have more information ‘in the coming weeks.’

I have talked to at least three people close to Apple who say that there are new iPad prototypes that have a 16:9 aspect ratio. They aren’t talking about the upcoming iPad mini either.” Mueller says he will have more information in the next couple of weeks.

The Examiner also asked their source from Apple about the claim. He said, “I haven’t really heard much about the iPad 4, but it appears that Apple is no longer against widescreen devices.”

I personally like the sound of a widescreen iPad. What do you say?

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  • Loupetron

    No…. Just no. Widescreen just doesn’t feel right for anything other than watching videos. 4:3 feels like a piece of paper. It feels natural.

  • JH

    Horrible idea. I won’t upgrade if the next version is wide screen. I’ve used Android tablets and the aspect ratio is really weird for viewing web pages and reading books. The only thing that a widescreen tablet is good for is videos and maybe games.

  • ward09

    I’m sure there are lots of different prototypes, but this one will never happen. The iPad’s current aspect ratio is perfect as is.