Does Apple Have a Widescreen iPad in the Works?

Consumer tech industry analyst Paul Mueller has said the display on Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) next iPad could have a widescreen 16:9 aspect ratio that matches the new display on the iPhone 5. The Los Angeles-based Mueller said the company had a tablet, designed to be the successor to the new iPad, in the early prototype stage. The Retina display third-generation iPad has a 4:3 aspect ratio.

“I have talked to at least three people close to Apple who say that there are new iPad prototypes that have a 16:9 aspect ratio,” Mueller told, adding that he would have more detailed information in the coming weeks.

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App developers were forced to work on updating their programs for the changed ratio of the latest iPhone, but the 16:9 display is considered better for video watching, which is one of the critical pushes Apple is making for its tablet. However, Apple is known for working on several prototypes of a device before deciding on one to put into mass production aimed at the consumer market. Also, as TechCrunch points out, Mueller was wrong about an anticipated Verizon (NYSE:VZ) Galaxy S II launch date in the past.

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