According to media reports, technology news site examiner quoted analyst Paul Mueller reporter and said that Apple may be developing a screen aspect ratio of 16:9 iPad prototype.
Muller said he had communicated with three independent sources close to Apple, these three individuals agreed that Apple is developing widescreen iPad, and it will not be the rumored iPad mini, but a full-size next-generation iPad. Mueller also said within the next few weeks he will disclose more news about the widescreen iPad.
In view that the iPhone 5 has already been configured with widescreen display, it will be reasonable for Apple to use widescreen display in the iPad, but this idea is also problematic. The Tech blog site Gizmodo editor Jesus Diaz pointed out that, due to close to the paper, the 4:3 screen aspect ratio is more suitable for most tasks. The 16:9 screen aspect ratio is more suitable for video, but the video is not the most common use for iPad. However, since Apple launched the Airplay Mirroring, if the iPad screen aspect ratio is consistent with the user’s television, there will be a better performance.
The screen aspect ratio changes also face technical challenges, as it will affect the end-user experience. To increase the iPad size is unlike to increase iPhone size which is attractive, because its screen size has reached 10 inches, continuing to increase the size does not match most people’s expectations. Because the Lightning interface required space is less than the 30-pin connector, the feasibility to produce Widescreen is higher, but widescreen display means that the available display area decreases, the user experience will be affected.
Examiner reported that its sources said there is possibility that the Apple is developing the widescreen iPad, but the news can not be confirmed. It is worth noticing that Muller and Diaz have made mistakes in predicting the products of Apple and other companies.