Will Apple change the aspect ratio of iPad?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by mrklaw, Apr 18, 2018.

  1. mrklaw macrumors 68020

    Jan 29, 2008
    lots of talk about pro updates bringing no bezels, people wanting 11-11.5” displays in the chassis of the 10.5. But what about aspect ratio?

    If you take the current 10.5”, it already has pretty slim side bezels. If you slimmed down a lot, you’d probably have to make the screen taller as the top/bottom bezels are much larger than the sides. They’ve done it with the IPhone X, but the iPads have been pretty nicely fixed on 4:3 since launch, and they only recently adjusted the screen size with the 10.5 so would they change it again so soon, and require developers to support multiple aspect ratios (for pro vs non-pro)
  2. Smeaton1724 macrumors 6502a


    Sep 14, 2011
    Leeds, UK
    I just can't see it, the 4:3 ratio makes so much sense for general day to day tablet usage, all the iOS standards are set in stone (pretty much) for that aspect ratio. Macbooks are all 16:10, the only one different was the 11.6'' Air at 16:9.

    At some stage if Mac OS and iOS are to get app parity the 4:3 vs 16:10 debate is one that Apple need to resolve as software can't be stretched to fit or scaled. Funnily enough Apple did used to sell 4:3 ratio laptops - I have one, the iBook G4. Possibly they'll change Macbooks to be 4:3 in future?
  3. PeterJH3 macrumors 6502

    Sep 2, 2017
    Atlanta, GA
  4. rui no onna macrumors 603

    rui no onna

    Oct 25, 2013
    I think it's possible but I'm dreading it and will likely buy a 512GB Pro 10.5 LTE if Apple makes the switch this year.

    iPhone - iPhone 4S (3:2)
    iPhone 5 - iPhone 8/+ (16:9)
    iPhone X (19.5:9)
  5. ericwn macrumors 68020

    Apr 24, 2016
    I don’t see it happening and fail to see advantages with a more widescreen device, except for movie consumption.
  6. sracer macrumors 604


    Apr 9, 2010
    That's true for phones, but not for tablets. Phones need to go more widescreen because the screen size is increasing but the width still has to be narrow enough to be cupped in one hand. That restriction doesn't apply to tablets.

    I don't believe that the aspect ratio of the iPad will change until/unless Apple does something dramatic with regard to iOS and macOS integration.
  7. Nozuka macrumors 68020

    Jul 3, 2012
  8. jamesrick80 macrumors 68020


    Sep 12, 2014
    In general movie watching on a 16:9 display, 3:2 or 16:10 display is much better but other wise the ipads aspect ratio is quite convenient. I'm glad I don't have to see triple wide black bars on my tab s4 like my ipad pro 10.5 when watching movies; only the most minimum black bars show up on the tab s4 due to its aspect ratio.
  9. Vivian125 macrumors 6502


    May 19, 2017
    Yes, they already changed the Aspect Ratio from 4:3 (1.33:1) to 1.43:1 It is less taller, and slightly wider. Making it more closer to 16:9 (witch is 1.78:1)

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