16:9 displays?

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  1. DHagan4755 macrumors 6502a

    DHagan4755

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    Would Apple ever change from the 16:10 aspect ratio displays used in the current MacBook Pros to the 16:9 aspect ratio displays I see in just about every other notebook out there right now? I was reading about the "retina" displays coming out in Apple's competitors and they're all 16:9, including the IGZO displays that Sharp is supposedly producing in 11-, 14-, and 15.6-inch varieties.

    What does everyone think?
     
  2. chabig macrumors 68040

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    Maybe.
     
  3. PDFierro macrumors 68040

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    Apple can order there displays in 16:10. I think the customer base of the MacBook Pro wants 16:10 rather than 16:9. 16:9 works well for movies sure, but for everything else it's anti-productive. There is a reason why Apple is still using 16:10 displays while everyone else has switched to 16:9.
     
  4. NickPhamUK macrumors 6502

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    My iPad Mini and MBA 2011's displays are 4:3 and 16:10 respectively, but they are all great machines. If suddenly Apple opts for 16:9 then that's great, however I couldn't care less.
     
  5. ValSalva macrumors 68040

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    I hope Apple keeps their only 16:9 display being the 11" MBA. It's alright on such a small display but it's not preferable on the 13" and 15" displays. Who knows what Apple will do but I for one am hoping their display ratios don't change.

    Apple orders enough displays that one would think they can order them at any ratio they want.
     
  6. cube macrumors G5

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    The smaller the display, the worse 16:9 is.
     
  7. chabig macrumors 68040

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    Agreed. My 11" Air has a 16 x 9 display. But I still manage to use it just fine. It's a tradeoff I made for small size and I'm happy with it.
     
  8. fratey macrumors regular

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    If Apple switches to 16:9 on the pro line, I'll most likely buy the older generations (2012-2013), and then switch back to Windows PCs.
     
  9. Stetrain macrumors 68040

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    I think it's obvious that Apple thinks that 16:10 is a better ratio for most laptop displays. It would have been cheaper to go to 16:9 a long time ago when other manufacturers did the same thing. Even with their newer completely custom order retina displays they still chose to go 16:10.

    I think it's great, notebooks with 16:9 displays can feel really cramped somtimes with menubars, toolbars, and status bars all taking up vertical space.
     
  10. chabig macrumors 68040

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    Go ahead. You'll be much worse off, since Windows insists upon using as much vertical space as possible with rulers. ;)
     
  11. ValSalva macrumors 68040

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    Exactly. It's a trade off for such a small form factor as the 11" MBA. It works on the 11" MBA but the gain in portability on the bigger laptops would just not worth it.
     
  12. cube macrumors G5

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    I would say the gain in portability is more important the larger the notebook is because you shave off more weight out of a heavier laptop.
     
  13. Astroboy907 macrumors 65816

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    Wouldn't be that much weight. A few ounces at most. I'd rather go to the gym a few more times...
     
  14. esskay macrumors 6502

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    Agree with many others here... for watching videos, 16:9 is nice. But for actually being productive, you need some height!

    I switched to a 1200p external monitor and even that bit of extra height compared to a 1080p monitor was noticeable and useful.
     
  15. fratey macrumors regular

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    Considering I spend 95 percent of my time in Adobe software – which is identical between the different operating systems – or using Finder/Explorer, where Explorer hands down (and sadly) wins – it does not bother me the least. I use whatever tool helps me get the job done.
     
  16. cube macrumors G5

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    I did not mean that the tradeoff would be acceptable, just that thinking about it makes more sense for larger displays.
     
  17. Krazy Bill macrumors 68030

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    Agree here too. And since it seems Apple is all about kiddie "consumption" these days, I am genuinely surprised they haven't adopted the 16:9 display to better accommodate the latest episode of Honey Boo Boo.
     
  18. ronjon10 macrumors regular

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    Hopefully not. I don't like the 16x9 resolution. Fine for movies, but not as good for spreadsheets.
     

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