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Mockups show some slight changes to Apple's flagship tablet

All of the attention on Apple’s next generation iOS devices has been focused on the iPhone 6, which is supposed to be available in both 4.7” and 5.5” screen sizes.
However, Apple is gearing up for a refresh of its iPad Air and iPad mini tablet families as well this fall. Not to be left out of the leaking game, claims to have gotten its hands on some unfinished mockups of the second generation iPad Air.

The look is quite familiar for those that have handled Apple’s flagship tablet, but this new model included Touch ID (introduced last year with the iPhone 5S). Other notable changed include a redesigned layout for the bottom-mounted speaker grilles and recessed buttons for the power and volume controls. That last point is seen a plus for those that routinely use the device in landscape mode and find themselves hitting the buttons by mistake in their current, “raised” placement.

A final note is the round hole that is positioned where the Orientation Lock/Mute button is usually placed. Mac Rumors explains that peculiarity, stating, “Unfinished [prototype] and mockup parts sometimes feature these pilot holes to guide machining of the final hole.”

Sources:, Mac Rumors

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RE: shocking!
By retrospooty on 6/19/2014 2:10:14 PM , Rating: 2
"Digital text looking "great on any ratio mentioned" is not an argument for or against anything."

It is, because my "argument" is not for any one format, I am saying its a matter of preference and that apps and web pages adapt just fine.

" my solution being universal, especially since 3:2 being the range median is the closest thing to 'universal' you'd ever get"

I would personally be fine with 3:2... Totally looking forward to evaluating a Surface 3 as a matter of fact. 3:2 is a good "happy medium" But again, do the math... 3:2 is closer to 16:10, than it is to 4:3... So by that, you would be better off with 16:10 than 4:3 :P

But again [again] there is no universal solution, it's a matter of personal preference.

RE: shocking!
By karimtemple on 6/19/2014 3:10:56 PM , Rating: 2
Let's do this visually:

4:3 - Horizontal photos!
4:3 - Digital text!
3:4 - Vertical photos!
3:4 - Print text!!
3:4 - Digital text!

16:10 - Video!
16:10 - Digital text!
10:16 - I'll admit it: comic books

16:10 only works landscape. Check it out any time you see someone using an Android tablet. They only hold it landscape. Holding it portrait is like holding a sword or something. You'll see people holding the iPad both ways (though probably portrait more often) because unlike 16:10 it works well both ways. How much more universal can you get?

RE: shocking!
By retrospooty on 6/19/2014 3:32:26 PM , Rating: 2
You have successfully laid out reasons why you like 4:3... Great. You should definitely use it, but note that all of those things work perfectly fine on a 16:10 screen too. Plus, like I said, most people use it to browse the web, check Facebook, send/read emails and whatever apps they download...

You haven't done anything that says your preferences should apply to everyone. It's simply not a universal need.

If we knew nothing of the entire industry and the rest of the human race, and read only this comment section on this article the one take away should be that different people have different preferences for aspect ratio. It's true in this comment section, it's true of the broader population as a whole. I dont get why you are trying to say everyone should think/want/use things the way that you do. That just isn't how it works. If we all wanted the same thing, then that one thing would be the only option anyone made.

RE: shocking!
By karimtemple on 6/19/2014 4:39:53 PM , Rating: 2
Note: This was over at "everyone uses Android tablets landscape only, iPads both ways." The following is for entertainment purposes only.

[he says 16:10 'works']
This is the part that makes you wrong. The statement "it works" is factually accurate, but it's also dishonest. Diagonal length (and therefore viewing area) held equal, a video (e.g.) is bigger on 16:10 and a PDF is bigger on 4:3. They're not readily interchangeable -- there is a mathematical, objective, physical difference. Considering that fact, and the difference between "video" and "everything else," 4:3 is of greater use. Physically.

[tries to hide behind 'the web']
Websites also target particular sizes. Most used to target XGA (4:3!), but now they 'reflow' at different horizontal resolutions. Again, most languages are horizontal and word-wrapping, so a sheet is going to work better than a sword.

If I wasn't right about all of this stuff, you wouldn't have bothered to say 16:10 was better than 16:9. Your argument works for 16:9 too, which means either 16:9 tablets 'work' and are terrific, or your argument is invalid.

RE: shocking!
By retrospooty on 6/19/2014 5:11:49 PM , Rating: 2
Your whole premise is off, as it is a matter of personal preference. Like I said... I dont get why you are trying to say everyone should think/want/use things the way that you do. That just isn't how it works. If we all wanted the same thing, then that one thing would be the only option any OEM's made.

The only thing you are doing here is showing why YOU prefer it at 4:3. We get that, but it makes no difference what your opinion is for other people. FWIW I don't like 4:3 or 16x9... I agree with you completely that 3:2 will be great. But if my choice is between 4:3 and 16:10, I choose 16: 10... BTW, that is my choice as I have an iPad 4 at 4:3 and a Gpad 8.3 at 16:10... I really honestly prefer the Gpad's aspect ratio. I will leave it at that.

RE: shocking!
By retrospooty on 6/19/2014 5:30:24 PM , Rating: 2
Also, I forgot to add - "This was over at "everyone uses Android tablets landscape only, iPads both ways."

I don't know who said that or why you would think it, but it's not at all true. I use my Gpad in portrait primarily. I pretty much only go landscape when watching video.

RE: shocking!
By karimtemple on 6/19/2014 7:28:50 PM , Rating: 2
At that size, people use everything primarily portrait, including 16:9 tablets. Most phones are 16:9 too (the iPhone is even thinner!). That wasn't what I was talking about, but you're right, I didn't specify that.

RE: shocking!
By retrospooty on 6/19/2014 11:45:56 PM , Rating: 2
OK, but I had a 10 inch 2560x1600 Nexus 10 for a while and used it that way too. Not everyone uses everything exactly like you. Personal preference.

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