How do rectangular documents display on rounded corner screen?

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  1. bobtem macrumors member

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    If I have standard document, a pdf for example, that is rectangular (like a sheet of paper is rectangular), and the aspect ratio is made to fill the screen of a previous generation iPad Pro, how will it now display on the new iPad Pro which has rounded corners?

    Will it expand slightly to fill the screen thus cropping the corners and edges? Or will it leave some sort of margin on all sides so the square corners of the document just touch the rounded corners of the screen?

    And photos as well, which are also rectangular in format. Will they get cropped to fill screen, or have margins?

    It’s a bit of quandary for me, as a lot of my graphic design work is specifically formatted to fit full screen. I don’t quite understand the reason for rounded corner screens. It may look slick as an industrial design thing, but it creates a dead area on the display that really isn’t usable... so what’s the point?
     
  2. specik macrumors 6502

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    I imagine it will behave the same way it does on iPhone X.

    It's such a small radius that it really doesn't impact the readability or viewability of documents or photos. Plus you can zoom and move the document / photo around etc.
     
  3. sracer macrumors G3

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    The point is... form over function.

    While I appreciate that the iPad once again has symmetrical bezels, this rounded corner stuff is simply for the novelty factor.
     
  4. bobtem thread starter macrumors member

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    I hope Adobe Acrobat allows documents to fill screen. It will look kinda schlonky if there’s bars or margins. Kinda like watching 4-3 aspect ratio on a wide screen tv.
     
  5. Rhonindk macrumors 68040

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    Most likely documents by default will be framed. If you want to expand them to fill the screen ... ;)
     
  6. bobtem thread starter macrumors member

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    I’m all in on the Apple ecosystem. I’ve got one of every device (except the watch), and pay for all the integrated services. It all syncs and works very well together, and makes life easier for me. But c’mon, Apple. Notches and rounded corners... why? The notch is just a silly workaround until some magic technology allows the camera to hide under the display. But rounded corners... tell me that’s not the new standard.
     
  7. macdaddy1991 macrumors regular

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    I'm all for the rounded corners, it's much nicer on the eyes. As for reading documents. I dont think i'd ever seen a case where there's something in that extreme of a corner so it's a non-issue.
     
  8. specik macrumors 6502

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    I have no doubt that we will see Mac laptops will edge to edge Super Retina displays with rounded corners next year.
     
  9. off_piste macrumors 6502a

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    They’re so small it doesn’t affect anything in my opinion. Just picked up the Xs Max last month. It’s my first round edge screen and I don’t even notice the corners.
     
  10. rui no onna macrumors 603

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    True. On paper, corners are usually where the staple wire or binder clip goes and the space those use are bigger than the rounded corners on the iPad. :p
     
  11. sracer macrumors G3

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    Ah... the slippery slope. It STARTS with slightly rounded corners... it ENDS with an iPad shaped like a dinner plate. :p
     
  12. macdaddy1991 macrumors regular

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    lmfaoooooo
     
  13. rui no onna macrumors 603

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    It's a 2-for-1 deal—you get an iPad and a dinner plate. :p
     
  14. sracer macrumors G3

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    Couple THAT with AR capabilities and you've got the making for quite a dieting sensation. banana.gif

    But on a serious note and on topic... how much is too much? When does impeding upon the retangle of content become an issue?
     
  15. Lobwedgephil macrumors 601

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    I have no idea how you think this could be an issue for viewing documents. Never seen any information on the corners of a sheet of paper.
     
  16. AlexJoda macrumors 6502a

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    It is a big issue if you want to do remote work on a another OS that has elements in the far corners (like the taskbar). Because of this these remote apps cut off the corners which leeds to a smaller remote desktop as before. Not good....(and a reason for me stay with my 2017 12.9 iPP, which did not have this unnecessary problem)
     
  17. bobtem thread starter macrumors member

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    It’s a presentation issue. If I’m presenting a design to a client and have to manually finger spread the document to fill screen (so there aren’t unsightly margins) it’s kinda like “watch me fuss around with technology...”

    You’re right, there’s very likely no content of any consequence that I’m losing. But nothing is more distracting than odd margins or manual workarounds during a presentation, whether it’s my device or somebody is opening on their rounded corner device.
     
  18. DaveOP macrumors 65816

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    I'd imagine that unless your document goes within 3-4 pixels of the top corner edge of the screen (extremely unlikely, and frankly not very good looking anyway) you won't ever have a problem with this.
     
  19. Loge macrumors 68030

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    Yes, not many documents will exactly match the aspect ratio, so there will typically be some cropping and/or black space. With PDFs, I usually crop out most of the margins in Goodreader, and the new 199:139 aspect ratio of the 11 inch will give a bit more usable vertical space as many docs (in UK at least) are of a wider aspect ratio.
     
  20. subjonas macrumors 68000

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    The newly rounded corners of the screen are due to the iPad casing having rounded corners and now having minimal bezels all the way around. When the bezel is reduced, the sharp corner of the screen gets closer to the rounded corner of the device and begins to look awkward. And they can’t make sharp corner casings. So rounded corner screens are the only remaining option, the trade off being the loss of content in the corners of images. I’m an artist myself, and while this is not 100% ideal, the loss is so minuscule I don’t see it ever causing an issue for me. I certainly prefer it to awkward design and sharp corner casings. (Though I’d most prefer to get the thicker bezels back.)

    The only possible issue I could imagine is the remote desktop scenario mentioned above, IF the menu item in the corner is small enough.
     
  21. gsmumbo macrumors regular

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    Just for clarification, you asked if it would frame the document, or extend out beyond the curve. Which option would have made you okay with the iPad?
     
  22. bobtem thread starter macrumors member

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    I’d prefer the document extend to fill screen. Will look more slick when presenting something
     

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