iPad Mini Could Have 16:9 Aspect Ratio

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juwanh

I suspect that the resolution of the new iPad Mini (or iPod HD) may be 16:9 at 1366 x 768. Using 1366 x 768 would keep down the production cost of the display, but also give the iPad Mini a better resolution than any of the 7" tablets (topping out at 1280 x 720 pixels).

1366 x 768 could still run non-retina iPad apps at 1024 x 768 with letterboxing. Those apps could even be easily optimized for the new 1366 x 768 resolution, similar to how iPhone 4/4S apps are being optimized for the iPhone 5/ iPod5.

Lastly, iPhone 5/iPod5 apps optimized for 1136 x 640 would still look great scaled up to 1366 x 768 on the 7.85" screens, bridging the gap in the best way possible.

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RobK

It makes zero sense to produce an iPad mini. It will only reduce standard iPad sales. If you TRULY can't afford $599, can you really afford $499? ...or $399?

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juwanh

Not just about money, the 9.7 inch iPad is (obviously) too big and heavy for some, no matter how thin they make it. I believe that the full-size iPad is a suitable laptop replacement (for most things) but it is not as portable for planes/trains/beaches/pools and the iPad mini, which is more suitable as an e-reader/larger iPod. It is sad for me that it is not retina and wide-screen however, and I hope that they makes those changes for the next generation.

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