Watching widescreen movies on iPad's 4:3 screen

Discussion in 'iPad' started by TheRenfro, Jan 29, 2010.

  1. TheRenfro macrumors newbie

    Sep 14, 2009
    When I first heard of this device I thought it would be a great alternative to my MacBook to watching movies while in bed, on an airplane, or wherever else I could use it. But after finding out it has a 4:3 screen i'm pretty bummed. I remember a few years ago before I bought an HDTV I hated watching widescreen movies on my old TV (which was also 4:3), and it'll probably be the same with the iPad. I guess i'm going to keep using my MacBook as a portable movie device....unless iPad 2.0 has a wider aspect ratio.

    And since it won't run Flash I sure hope Hulu has an app in development.
  2. Diapason macrumors newbie

    Apr 8, 2009
    The movie will play letterboxed. So what?

    What counts is the number of pixels in the x-axis. They could have used an x-res of more than 1024 pixels, but probably it would have ended up with a thing which is too big for its target, and/or many other apps would have been more difficult to work with. Think about a word processor running on a wide-screen in portrait mode

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