The iPhone 5 brought many new features and changes to the table, and along with a slightly-improved snapper, faster processor, doubled-up RAM and a smoother all-round design, the latest and greatest Apple smartphone also brought with it an increased display size.
Although the elongated screen isn’t significant in size (not least because most smartphones at the higher end of the spectrum are 4.5-inches plus in diameter), it is the first time Apple has deviated from the 3.5-inch configuration seen in every release since the very first iPhone back in 2007.
By making the display longer but maintaining its width, the aspect ratio became 16:9, something perceived by many as the optimal proportions for viewing excellence. The reception of the new iPhone’s display has been a largely positive one, and the notion that 16:9 suits watching movies and playing games is as emphasized as ever.
Historically speaking, features which have made a positive impression on one device have naturally filtered through to the rest of the roster, and the iPad and iPhone are perhaps prime examples of this behavior. Apple had omitted 4G LTE for some time, despite other devices having implemented it as far back as 2010, but the 3rd-gen iPad, which did pack in an LTE chip, indicated we would be seeing such technology with the iPhone 5.
This isn’t always the case, however, and you only have to check the iPad 2’s disappointing lack of a Retina display to find an example of an inconsistency, but the general trend does give some backing to a rumor suggesting Apple is prototyping 16:9 aspect ratio for the next-gen iPad.
The iPad Mini, which set to release next month, is probably the reason why talk of the fourth-gen iPad hasn’t really begun, but according to a report over at the Examiner, Apple is serious about bringing the popular 16:9 display to its flagship tablet.
Los Angeles industry analyst Paul Mueller cited "at least three people close to Apple" in stating there are new iPad prototypes boasting a 16:9 aspect ratio, and also confirmed those prototypes are not related to the iPad Mini.
Mueller will know more in the next few weeks, but until then, his findings will undoubtedly keep chins wagging. Personally, I don’t think a 16:9 iPad would be a bad idea, but it would be a pretty drastic move, and one I cannot see Apple doing with the next generation of iPad.