With the release of the iPhone 5, Apple waved goodbye to the 1.5:1 aspect ratio that had been with the iPhone since the debut of the iPhone 4, and ushered-in a nearly-16:9 screen. Moving to a more standard widescreen layout packs a lot of advantages, including being able to watch video content with a minimum of letterboxing. It seems to be going over well for the iPhone 5, so might Apple be thinking about bringing the same sort of thing to its tablets? A new rumor suggests that could very well be a possibility.
Supposedly, Apple has been putting together some prototype iPad designs that feature the same sort of 16:9 display shape as on the iPhone 5. We’re talking full-sized iPads, too, not a variant on the designs we’ve been seeing for the iPad mini. There’s no telling if such a form factor will actually make it to a finished iPad, ready for commercial release, but if this info is accurate, Apple could at least be considering the idea.
Certainly, now that developers are preparing widescreen content for the iPhone 5, having a similar display on the iPad makes a lot of sense. We’ll just have to wait and see if Apple commits to the idea.