Imagining the iPad Pro
I posted an earlier post about imagining the 6th gen iPad specs, but you can ignore that because I've decided to go for this instead.
Rene Ritchie had a pretty good writeup conceptualising a 13inch iPad. I've got another idea though, and I did this based on my inference of Apple's history of simplifying the resolution game.
First here's what the iPad Pro can't have:
- A 12.9 inch screen with the same resolution as the iPad Air (the PPI value would be too low)
- One with a 4K display (too expensive to produce, major yield issues)
- A weird resolution (which complicates the app development process)
Here's what the iPad Pro can have:
- One with a PPI value close to the iPad Air and the Retina iPad mini (which has a higher PPI than the Air)
- A screen that uses similar dimensions to the current iPad screen which is 2048x1536
Combining all these elements, first here's what the Retina mini screen size is like (this was done in Keynote by the way):
If we just doubled the width of the screen, we'd get this (3072x2048):
This sounds silly, but it could give rise to side-by-side multitasking (something like Tapose but better). It should work pretty well on portrait left-and-right mode, but it might be a bit weirder with a landscape top-and-bottom multitasking mode. The biggest impact is changing its aspect ratio to somewhere around 3:2.
Since all the rumors point to a 12.9 inch screen, we can just blow it up using simple calculation:
Now the PPI value might be a little concerning, but the value is actually 286 PPI, which is more than the iPad Air's 264 PPI but much less than the Retina's 324 PPI.
Thoughts? How can this be improved?