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Apple, please don't change the iPad screen ratio, we like it just as it is!

"With this unique relationship that people have with their iPhone, we take changing it really seriously". So begins the iPhone 5 introduction video from Apple. With the iPhone 5, Apple is introducing the biggest change to the iPhone hardware design since its inception. The move to an 16:9 ratio display is a big deal indeed and one that we hope doesn't make its way to the iPad next year.

Sure, the narrow 16:9 ratio is pretty good for consuming video and photo content and is most certainly well suited to flicking through long lists of social media updates, but when it comes to creating content, we believe that the standard 4:3 ratio of the iPad is a much better fit.

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Agree and while we are talking about the iPad and creating Id love a larger iPad.

September 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterZamzazu

Oh yes, it would be terrible having to create a 4:3 image while having tool-bars and palettes available down the side of the document, instead of having to show and hide them like we do at the moment. And of course those creating music on the iPad would hate having a wider keyboard available so that they don't have to scroll from side to side as much as they do at the moment.

The most important thing is not the size ratio of the screen but how the software developers make the best use of it.

I am able to create wide documents on my iPad2, so I can't see what would stop me from creating 4:3 ratio ones on a wide screen, why, I could even create a square document if I wanted to be so silly.

Come on, content is created in the size and shape that is needed for the end product, not on whatever ratio of screen that you happen to be working on.

September 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAlanti

Software developers will adapt to whatever screen size there is. I can't see a different aspect ratio being an issue if the developers take advantage of it properly and give you the option to create in your desired aspect ratio. It wouldn't be that hard for them to do this. I agree with the other commenter, having extra space is nice. To be honest, I don't create much on my iPhone, I use my iPad for that. My iPhone is a handheld device for convenience until I can get free time to sit down with my iPad and be creative. When I am creating I like to have free time and no distractions. The best times are at home in your own leisure and with the iPad. I moved away from creating on the iPhone naturally because it is more tedious with the smaller screen real estate. More space is better for the iPhone, which gives you a feeling of not being so cluttered.

September 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterFreth

Many thanks for your thought provoking responses.

Alanti, have you used a 16:9 tablet for any length of time, the difference in general usability is quite noticeable, but quite tricky to explain. Apple could have picked a 16:9 ratio display for the original iPad, that it didn't is quite telling I feel.

Perhaps Apple can make a tablet with 16:9 ratio display work effectively, it's certainly not something that Android tablet makers some to have managed so far.

September 16, 2012 | Registered CommenteriPad Creative

I like that the current iPad screen ratio is so like the long accepted 8x10 that it let's your brain forget about one more barrier between the real world sketchbook and the iPad. I don't know about you, but the more familiar the experience, the more art I create on my iPad.


September 18, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterjessica

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