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Apple could and should make a bigger iPad Pro, but it probably will not be 15 inches



We just received a new design from iPads, but Twitter wants more. In particular, the iPad owners' wish list now includes a 15-inch model. You can see why, you may wonder how, but AppleInsider talks about the unexpected issues that go beyond a larger screen.

  Model of an Apple Store Larger iPad Icon

Model of an Apple Store Larger iPad Icon

App developer Stephen Troughton-Smith has the correct prediction of the new tap recognition on the Apple Pencil last month with the hope of a bigger iPad Pro tracked. He claims no insider knowledge, he gives no reason to believe that Apple does, but he claims that it would cost the company little effort to build a 1

5-inch model based on the current functionality of iOS 12 based.

"It turns out that a 15-inch screen is large enough for Safari to be content with two side-by-side tabs and another app on the iPad," he wrote on Twitter . "It's very clear that you could get close to 15 inches without having to redesign iOS."

  Model of a 15-inch iPad Pro by Stephen Troughton-Smith

Model of a 15-inch iPad Pro by Stephen Troughton-Smith

"Software-wise," he continues in the same thread, "Im Everything is already working, as a product I think that this is all "Should we do that? "Boxing and pulling in" When should we do this? "Instead."

Wait …

In this mocked image will be in Safari on an iPad plus a combination of two tabs and in split view a third app is shown. This app is photos and will be displayed in iPhone format. If you drag a second app up from the dock, you can choose to take half or one-quarter of the screen of the iPad.

If you choose to split the apps halfway across the screen, the device tries to display them both in their full size, or at least in full ratio. If you drag an app up and zoom it in a quarter, it will appear on the iPad like an iPhone app.

  How the iPad currently handles a second screen app

How the iPad currently handles a second screen app

The app is longer on the screen, stretches farther down, but the width is like on one iPhone

What Troughton-Smith argues is that with a larger screen, you could have an app in that iPhone's width, and Safari could take over the rest of the display. He argues that if you do this, you can still use the Safari tabs to display two full web pages side by side.

Today, you can open two Safari tabs side by side, or you can split another app into half or quarter split screens. It can not be both.

If you open two tabs in Safari at the same time, they automatically occupy half of the screen today. If you then drag another app from the dock, Safari will snap back to a tab.

If you close the second app later and Safari automatically returns to full screen width, the two recovered tabs will also be restored.

Much better

No question, then: If a larger iPad has two Safari tabs and another iPhone app open at the same time, that must be better. Especially since you probably have a third app that you can open with Slide Over.

Just enough wishful thinking to make it sound plausible, before you ask yourself, why Apple does not get better an 18-inch model like Dell about half a decade ago or a 27-inch model.

Bigger is definitely better if you can work with more information on the screen. However, opening two tabs in Safari is hardly the same as opening Word, Excel, and Safari.

Two tabs are nice, but probably not a revolutionary productivity advantage. Especially not, though Troughton-Smith says that Safari is happy to display two tabs side by side, not taking into account that they are not full. Both in his model and on a real iPad Pro, when you open two Safari tabs, you'll see that the browser has changed the ad.

Here is Apple's own website, displayed in Full Screen mode on an iPad Pro 12.9-inch model. Next to it is the same screen as it currently displays when you share a tab. So you can see the difference more clearly, we've removed the second of the two tabs.

  Comparison of clarity and menus: Apple.com Fullscreen on an iPad (left), trapped in a second tab (right).

Comparison of Clarity and Menus: Apple.com Fullscreen on an iPad (left), compressed into a second tab (right)

The fullscreen version of the iPad feels almost as much on a desktop Mac as possible. While the version with two tabs to the navigation bar of the iPhone changes.

No one can realistically predict how Apple would implement the split view and tabs on a larger iPad, but Troughton-Smith argues that he would be pleased with the reduced tabs to get this extra iPhone-sized app. If you want to work more on your iPad, this seems half-hearted.

Just in case

There's a reason you shoot in the dark and say Apple should have a 15-inch diameter and not an 18-inch display like the Dell XPS 18, over that we talked about earlier. And it's up to the size of the case.

The old iPad Pro 12.9-inch display was in a 14.57-inch diagonal case. Had Apple kept the old case size and enlarged the screen, the current large iPad Pro could have had a larger display, but not 15 inches.

Troughton-Smith argues that you could now get a 14.5-inch display, and he's probably right. A true 15-inch iPad screen measured diagonally would also need more pixels so it can not be used at all. When the old iPad Pro 9.7-inch model was replaced by the new 10.5-inch model, so also changed the screen. What had been 1,536 x 2,048 pixels was 2,224 x 1,668.

  The screen size charts that iOS developers work on

The screen size charts that iOS developers worked on

Then comes the fact that all the iPads ever made have a screen ratio of 4: 3. That's the same thing like a TV picture in the old style and compares to 16: 9, which is best for movies and recent TV shows.

Apple stays at 4: 3 because it prefers apps and web browsing. The company would most likely stay with a larger iPad.

Speaking of apps

If a 15-inch model only had a two-tab safari and a second app for the iPhone in width, this would not be the case. It's worth it for us – or for developers.

Apple was known to be easier for apps development because iOS does not offer the full range of different screen sizes and proportions of Android. When you add a larger iPad, developers need to redesign their apps to suit them.

Many, or most, have only done so to accommodate the iPhone XS Max, so it's not as if it's a new or difficult job, but it's another thing for developers to do. They may stop putting apps together, or Apple will come up with some kind of resolution-independent Metal routines.

Only

We would also like to have a bigger iPad. We would not care about screenshots, but we would buy one when Apple gets bigger. We had the immediate benefit when the original 12.9-inch iPad Pro came out and we could have two apps side by side.

More than the size and comfort, the iPad is even more impressive than before. For example, when working with OmniFocus on a 12.9-inch iPad Pro display, you end up with both hands and it feels like kneading bread. They manipulate your work directly rather than just pointing it out.

Just know that this kind of experience depends on the fact that Apple has spent a lot of time on the size of the iPad Pro and is either doing it now with a larger size, or has already taken it out of hand. It would not have come from a Tim Cook shower that was only thought to hit a screen vaguely between 14.5, 15 and 15 inches wide, as Apple can.

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