The next full-size iPad will feature a widescreen display in line with the screen that features on the iPhone 5, reports suggest.
Citing characteristically publicity-shy insiders, analyst Paul Mueller told The Examiner that the tablet we’re almost certainly incorrectly christening the iPad 4 will feature a display with the same 16:9 aspect ratio as the current-gen iPhone.
He said: "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.”
Assuming, he’s correct it would considerably improve the video-viewing experience on the iPad and further demarcate the way that Apple is increasingly marketing its slates as a means of consuming media rather than as a work tool or a device for creating anything.
Interestingly and not a little cryptically, Mueller added that his sources “aren’t talking about the upcoming iPad mini”. That could mean that contrary to chatter on tech sites that it will land to capitalise on the Christmas rush, the micro-slate could be on the backburner for now.
The iPad Mini is expected to feature a price point of between $249-$299 and is intended to take on the budget-priced Google Nexus 7 and Amazon Kindle Fire HD in the nascent market for cheaper, smaller tablets.
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