Apple's cheapest iPad to gain a 10.2" display upgrade, all iPhones to lose 3D Touch this fall

Apple's cheapest iPad to gain a 10.2
Apple's most affordable, 2018 iPad is apparently due for a refresh, if a new report from Taiwan is to be believed, and the screen size is said to grow from 9.7" to 10.2". While half an inch difference may not sound like much, it would most likely mean a different body, too, as either the bezels will be slimmed down, or the whole device will grow in size. 

Something tells us that Apple would choose the first approach, and, given that the iPad now starts from $329, a more elegant design at this price point would certainly be welcome. Mass production is slated for as soon as this month, which it should, if Apple wants to ramp up the quantity for an announcement together with the new 2019 iPhones at the beginning of September.

In other Apple-related news from Taiwan, Digitimes is reporting that local touch module suppliers are preparing for a life without 3D Touch panel orders for iPhones, as all 2019 models are said to ship without the pressure-sensitive screen technology. 

Apple will instead replace it with long-pressing and other low-tech shenanigans that are already clearly demonstrated on the cheapest iPhone XR. That's not the first time we are hearing the Apple will nix its legacy 3D Touch technology in future iPhones, so where there is smoke, there might very well be fire.

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1. User123456789

Posts: 1084; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

Hope they move to 16:9. 4:3 is awful.

2. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

How about... 1:1?

4. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2475; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

I would argue that it’s better to keep it 4:3. The only benefit 16:9 has is with playing videos. But for apps and web browsing 4:3 is the best. Just remember a 10 inch screen with 4:3 aspect ratio has more screen real estate than a 16:9 one.

13. sgodsell

Posts: 7514; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

I hope you realize that you can rotate a 16:9 display and get more information from a web page.

15. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2475; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

All you will have done at that point is just make the web page wider but shorter. That doesn’t give you the same benefit of a 4:3 screen. Even Microsoft recognizes the benefit of not having a 16:9 screen with their Surface products being 3:2 aspect ratio.

7. UnlimitedSkye03

Posts: 300; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

Yep 4:3 is awful nowadays on any device, but 16:9 is quite narrow for a tablet, 16:10 is the sweet spot.

8. Elvis358

Posts: 242; Member since: Mar 25, 2018

How about 18:9 or 21:9 aspect ratio:D

11. tiz_meh

Posts: 79; Member since: Aug 11, 2017

Yeah 16:10 or 3:2 is ideal size for tablet. There is one thing most people didn't know that the 2018 iPad pro 11's screen (1.43) is actually closer to 3:2 ratio (1.5) while the bigger iPad pro 12.9 still retain 4:3 ratio (1.33).

16. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2475; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Microsoft uses the 3:2 aspect ratio for their Surface tablets as well.

3. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

iPhones are going to lose 3D Touch, eh? I've been using my iPhone 7 for almost an year now and so far; I've mixed feeling about the 3D touch, in all honesty. It doesn't feel all that... Impressive, really. Sure it's faster but... I don't live in the fast lane anymore, for the better or worse! G'Day!

5. tedkord

Posts: 17452; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Remember when 3D Touch was going to revolutionize the industry, and all manufacturers were bound to copy it?

9. Elvis358

Posts: 242; Member since: Mar 25, 2018

Huawei did it!

10. oldskool50 unregistered

And yet none did. Haha! Only Apple fans think everything Apple does will be copied. But it usually the other way around.

6. oldskool50 unregistered

Haha. 3D Touch was a pointless waste of hardware space for something they could have simply did at the software level. It was a simple function where hardware was not needed. It was just an excuse to raise the iPhone retail cost by $100. Yet not one Apple fan will ever admit to its gimmicky useless worthless presence in the device. But the same fulz will say Samsung iris Scanner is a gimmick. LOL What is the point of a 10.2" display? I mean, why not just make them all 10.5? Part of the reason Ive left. he knows the Apple boat is sinking and he is taking his money and running for the hills before the flood waters rise and drown Apple out of existence. They have no idea what to do next. They just throwing shiet at the wall and seeing what sticks.

17. Vancetastic

Posts: 1699; Member since: May 17, 2017

I never use 3D Touch on my iPhone X. Happy now?

12. KingSam

Posts: 1492; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

Honestly all they need to do is laminate the damn display and add a new CPU. That's my only request. Keep the cost down. If they do all this for $329 is a bonus.

14. wickedwilly

Posts: 740; Member since: Sep 19, 2018

I hope that PA and other tech sites will mark down future iPhones after making 3D Touch an advantage is their reviews to date. It looks like it is not going to be replaced by anything different and they did not give the software equivalent on Android phones any praise, so to be consistent these certainly should.

18. jove39

Posts: 2148; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

“...2019 models are said to ship without the pressure-sensitive screen technology...” So apple is finally acknowledging that 3D Touch was gimmick. Larger display on base iPad is better. It’s best iPad for kids.

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