Buyer Beware: 11-inch iPad Pro has a new aspect ratio, and most apps have HUGE black bars

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Xeyad, Nov 5, 2018.

  1. Xeyad, Nov 5, 2018
    Last edited: Nov 5, 2018

    Xeyad macrumors 6502

    Nov 19, 2012
    Just want to put it out there, the new 11-inch iPad Pro doesn't only have a new resolution, but it also has a new aspect ratio, ditching iPad's infamous 4:3.

    This means, almost every single iPad app will now need to be updated to the new aspect ratio, and we all know this will result in so many apps neglected and will result in massive black bars for so many apps.

    The 12.9" iPad Pro is now the safe option if you want all apps to take advantage of the whole screen.

    Check this video and look how terrible Rome: Total War (go to 12:10) and Affinity Photo (go to 13:05) look on the 11" iPad. This literally looks like the original iPad from 2010. Such a dumb move by Apple.


  2. Nikhil72, Nov 5, 2018
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    Nikhil72 macrumors 65816

    Oct 21, 2005
    This is literally something that emerges with many new apple product launches, and developer catch up. Blaming Apple is fairly simplistic and silly ultimately, given 1) it hasn't shipped yet for developers to test their apps out with, 2) the screen resolution was not supported prior to the announcement of the new pros, and 3) xcode needs to also support these resolutions for developers to code and test layouts with. So a touch of patience is all you need.
  3. BrettDS macrumors 65816

    Nov 14, 2012
    To be honest, this is making me reconsider the 11” model. I have a 12.9” gen 2 pro now and I preordered a 12.9” gen 3 pro, but I use my iPad for a lot of video consumption and I’ve never liked the 4:3 aspect ratio.

    The 11” might not be 16:9, but it’s a step closer in that direction. The apps might not be there yet, but they’ll get there. Saving $200 and getting a better aspect ratio might be worth dealing with a slightly smaller screen for me.
  4. Narcaz macrumors 6502

    Jul 18, 2013
    A touch of patience can take 2-3 years when you look at the history of the 6Plus. As an XS Max owner, there is still a surprisingly large number of apps, which haven't been updated to the newest resolution. Most of them won't see an update ever. Apple should push developers way harder to support all resolutions (maybe even with incentives). The whole laptop replacement narrative falls apart if you have unused black bars in your apps. The software is really holding this device back.
  5. Royksöpp macrumors 6502a


    Nov 4, 2013
    Eh... This is nothing new. Remember when all the Apps on the 10.5 were blown up and pixelated at launch? Just give it one to three weeks for the major Apps to get an update and maybe a month or two for the smaller guys.
  6. Xeyad thread starter macrumors 6502

    Nov 19, 2012
    But here it's a little different. With iPhone, Apple kept changing the size and resolution every few years, so developers knew they had to keep updating. Moreover, because iPhone has a much bigger user-base, developers are more interested in updating apps.

    With iPad, this is the first time since 2010 that they've changed the aspect ratio. This will take much much longer for all developers to update their apps, because everyone since 2010 has been developing for only one aspect ratio. The iPad also has a much smaller user-base compared to iPhone, so you'll see many developers leaving this as it is, and it looks horrible.
  7. profets macrumors 601

    Mar 18, 2009
    I'm still quite surprised that after introducing the 10.5" with a new resolution just last year that they've already added another one with the 11" and a different aspect ratio.
  8. whitedragon101 macrumors 65816

    Sep 11, 2008
    I think its the fact that you said it was a dumb move by Apple. It is actually a great design decision as it keeps the form factor but with a bigger screen, and will just take a little bit for apps to update.

    Things like Affinity and Netflix should be updated very quickly.
  9. Xeyad thread starter macrumors 6502

    Nov 19, 2012
    updating your app for a new resolution is way easier than updating it for a new aspect ratio.
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    I love Apple man, but it's a dumb move. With every iPad Apple introduced, they made sure all of them were 4:3 to keep Apps all looking the same. They did it with the Mini in 2012, they did that with the 12.9" Pro in 2015. And even with the 10.5" Pro, they kept the ratio to make it easier for developers to only update the resolution.

    So if they wanted to change the ratio, they should've done it much earlier. This will take months if not years for most apps to be updated for the 11" Pro.
  10. haruhiko macrumors 601


    Sep 29, 2009
  11. Marzel macrumors regular

    Sep 12, 2018
    Actually, that's a big issue and underlines the issue of sending review models of the 12.9" iPad only. I'm sure apps will be updated fast like usual but it is still something people need to consider.
  12. Grolubao macrumors 65816


    Dec 23, 2008
    London, UK
    It is a big issue, make no mistake. I'm considering skipping it all together, it will literally take half a year at least for some apps to be updated
  13. Lobwedgephil macrumors 601


    Apr 7, 2012
    Yeah this will take time for developers to update, will look bad until they do.
  14. THFourteen, Nov 5, 2018
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    THFourteen macrumors 6502a


    Apr 8, 2010
    haha I don't have to imagine for much longer, from Wednesday i will be experiencing the black bars myself. I will schedule an emergency therapy session just in case.

    Seriously though, i also have an Android phone, and the number of apps that look horrendous on there, 80% of the apps on iOS will be updated, and the remainder, well tough really, we'll learn to live with it.
  15. digitalcuriosity macrumors 6502

    Aug 6, 2015
    Another wonderful surprise for some early buyers of the new 2018 Apple iPadPros.
  16. Absrnd macrumors 6502a


    Apr 15, 2010
    This is so, non news (fake news ;)), this has always been the case with new aspect ratio devices, iPhone or iPad,
    it always takes a bit for developers to adjust, some get the new info before launch, others have to wait after launch, then adjust their app.

    Even the bigger app makers take time to adjust, there are still many apps not adjusted for the iPhone-X screen, after 1 year.

    Cool down and breath in......breath out.... :D
  17. sracer macrumors 604


    Apr 9, 2010
    When was the last time that an aspect ratio changed on an iPad causing "black bars"?

    This is a significant, long-standing deficiency in the design of iOS. That the operating system requires applications to include support for system-level functions (like screen resolution, splitview multitasking,, etc.) is an issue that will make it difficult to advance the OS beyond its smartphone roots.
  18. danmart macrumors 6502a


    Apr 24, 2015
    Lancs, UK
    This is a good point and it had crossed my mind as we went through it with the iPhone X last year. The impact will be greater on the iPad, and there are still many apps that haven’t updated to support the X aspect.
  19. Absrnd macrumors 6502a


    Apr 15, 2010
    When the first iPad was released...or retina screens were introduced.
    a lot of apps were just enlarged iPhone apps on the screen, and some apps still are :)

    It is not an Apple problem, but the app makers, they sometimes take months/years to adjust their apps for resolution or screen format.
    ans some really don't care, as long it gets sold, and only after ultimatums from apple, they adjust, or get erased from the store.
  20. THFourteen macrumors 6502a


    Apr 8, 2010
    Is that really true? This problem exists on every OS, except MacOS because nobody builds software for it.

    Not all PC games support ultrawide for example.

    Are we going to also complain that Space Quest 1 (VGA Edition) hasnt been updated to 4k?
  21. MrGimper macrumors 603


    Sep 22, 2012
    Andover, UK
    So basically, the 11” actually has bigger bezels than the 10.5, even if they are software generated :cool:
  22. shamus99 macrumors regular

    Dec 20, 2014
    If this is a wider aspect ratio, then its a plus for me.
  23. jonnyb098 macrumors 68030


    Nov 16, 2010
    The problem is many developers take FOREVER to update their ipad apps. Facebook is a multi billion dollar company that still hasn't updated for the larger retina iPads from the last 2 years.

    So yes, we can blame apple partly for not partnering with companies to update their software. The iPad is still not taken seriously by many developers (took adobe till 2018) while apple is trying to push this as a laptop replacement. Its comical.
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    Or never....loads of apps are just blown up 9.7 in versions that look terrible on the 10.5 and 12.9 iPad Pro.
  24. ahostmadsen macrumors 6502a

    Dec 28, 2009
    I agree, it's a serious issue, and one that I did not think of. This puts me off from the 11" iPad pro.

    The problem is that developers have to support the 9.7", 10.5", 12.9", and now the 11" with a different aspect ratio. The market for iPad apps is just so much smaller than the market for iPhone apps, so it might not make sense to put resources into development to optimize for so many different screens. And the waste majority of iPads in existence is probably 9.7", so that will be the priority.
  25. profets macrumors 601

    Mar 18, 2009
    It's actually been nearly 3 years since the 12.9" launched. Facebook is odd too - they updated their Messenger app way back, including giving it split view, whereas with their main app they seem to not want to give it any attention.

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