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A 10.5-Inch iPad Pro Could Match the 12.9-Inch Model's Resolution and the iPad Mini's Pixel Density

Apple is rumored to be working on a new iPad Pro that adopts an edge-to-edge display, and while it's said to be somewhere around 10 inches, there are a lot of mixed rumors about the specific size of the tablet.

Studio Neat designer Dan Provost yesterday wrote a post on Medium (via Daring Fireball) making the case for a 10.5-inch iPad. His math is solid and his argument makes sense, framing all of the iPad Pro rumors in a new light.

When introducing the 12.9-inch iPad Pro in 2015, Apple marketing chief Phil Schiller explained that Apple settled on that size because the width of the tablet matched the height of the existing 9.7-inch iPad. The 12.9-inch iPad Pro, he said, was similar to having two 9.7-inch iPads side-by-side.

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A 9.7-inch iPad Pro with a 10.5-inch piece of paper over it, via Provost

Provost takes this concept and applies it to the iPad mini. The width of a 10.5-inch iPad would match the height of the iPad mini screen, and furthermore, a 10.5-inch iPad would use the same resolution as the 12.9-inch model, with the same pixel density as the iPad mini.
The math works out perfectly. This new 10.5" iPad would have the exact same resolution as the 12.9" iPad Pro (2732 x 2048), but the same pixel density of the iPad mini (326 ppi instead of 264 ppi). Crunch the numbers, do a little Pythagorean Theorem, and you end up with a screen 10.5" diagonal (10.47" to be precise, but none of Apple's stated screen sizes are exact). In terms of physcial dimensions, the width of this 10.5" screen would be exactly the same as the height of the iPad mini screen.
Existing rumors all agree that the upcoming iPad Pro will be in the neighborhood of 10 inches, but we've heard everything from 10.1 inches to 10.9 inches, suggesting Apple could be testing multiple prototypes.

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo originally suggested the tablet would be 10.5 inches, but recently revised his statement to say that it could be anywhere from 10 inches to 10.5 inches.

Japanese site Mac Otakara has released two separate reports, one mentioning a 10.1-inch tablet and the other suggesting the display will measure in at 10.9 inches, while rumors from the Taiwanese supply chain suggest a 10.5-inch display.

While we can't yet say for certain the iPad Pro will feature a 10.5-inch display, it's the size that makes the most sense and fits well into Apple's lineup.

The upcoming iPad Pro is said to be a new flagship model that will be sold alongside the 12.9-inch iPad Pro. It's said to feature an edge-to-edge display with no Home button and a small top bezel.

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15 weeks ago
If this is correct it's a day one purchase for me.
Rating: 14 Votes
15 weeks ago

If people are confused by 4 sizes of iPads, then I would suggest they (those people you're referencing) invest in coloring books. The rest of us will be okay. Let's not confuse Apple offering "confusing" (they aren't confusing btw) sizes with customers being confused by what Apple offers. They aren't the same thing. The buying public has been able to differentiate product choices forever. If they can pick a TV from the 298,457,125,786 size/resolution/smart capabilities on offer, they can choose an iPad. We're talking about commodity consumption devices, not DNA sequencers.:D


If it was just as easy as you say... you want the best camera with lightning? Get the 9,7". You want the largest display and the good camera? Not possible. But you want the largest display and USB3 transfer speed for SD card? Get the 12,9". You want USB3 transfer speed and the 9,7" screen? Not possible. You want the wider color garmut display and 9,7"? Possible. But you want the 9,7" and 4GB RAM? Not possible.
The screen sizes are not the problem, the problem are the confusing features of each device which give you disadvantages however you decide:
-take the Mini and get an outdated device
-same for the Air2
-take the 9,7" and miss the 4GB RAM and the USB3 transfer speed of the lightning port
-take the 12,9" and miss the wider color garmut screen and the better camera

I think there's quite a point to see confusion in the lineup.
Rating: 13 Votes
15 weeks ago
Guessing this will include a price increase
Rating: 13 Votes
15 weeks ago

To confuse customers even more, 4 different sizes, iPad, iPad Air, iPad Pro, 3 different colours, what more....

If people are confused by 4 sizes of iPads, then I would suggest they (those people you're referencing) invest in coloring books. The rest of us will be okay. Let's not confuse Apple offering "confusing" (they aren't confusing btw) sizes with customers being confused by what Apple offers. They aren't the same thing. The buying public has been able to differentiate product choices forever. If they can pick a TV from the 298,457,125,786 size/resolution/smart capabilities on offer, they can choose an iPad. We're talking about commodity consumption devices, not DNA sequencers.:D
Rating: 11 Votes
15 weeks ago

This makes me angry beyond belief

I just bought a 9.7" pro last year

now I'm going to want this newer larger model as well


Newsflash: There's always a new and better model coming within a year.
Rating: 10 Votes
15 weeks ago
That screen-to-bezel ratio is tasty in the picture. Let's pair that sucker with some real OS capabilities.
Rating: 8 Votes
15 weeks ago
Why not additionally increase the screen size on the 12.9" using the same method?
Rating: 7 Votes
15 weeks ago
As long as it replaces the 9.7" rather than making it a fourth option, it should be good.

And I am still wondering why the iPhone 7 did not include a True Tone display.
Rating: 6 Votes
15 weeks ago
Next thing will be the iPad Pro Pro whose width will match the height of the 12.9" iPad Pro.

They can make iPad in 4 sizes but can't afford to make a 17" MacBook Pro? Something is wrong here.
Rating: 4 Votes
15 weeks ago

This is Apple. It will be sold out after midnight for pre-orders. Nothing in the Apple store for months. 2 month waiting list.


Is that really true for iPads? I haven't of people fighting to get an iPad in a long time.
Rating: 4 Votes

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