Why a 10.5-inch iPad Pro isn’t totally crazy

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A 10.5-inch piece of paper on a 9.7-inch iPad Pro.
A 10.5-inch piece of paper on a 9.7-inch iPad Pro.
Photo: Dan Provost

Apple’s rumored plans to launch three different-size iPads this spring has fans a bit confused as to why creating a new 10.5-inch model is a good idea. But according to Dan Provost, the co-founder of Studio Neat, it actually wouldn’t be crazy for Apple to change the screen size when you look at the 12.9-inch iPad Pro.

When revealing the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, Phil Schiller said Apple chose that width because it is the exact same size as the height of the 9.7-inch iPad Air 2.

In a blog post detailing why Apple may choose a 10.5-inch screen on the iPad Pro, Provost says it makes perfect sense, because the width of the new iPad would be the same as the height of the iPad mini.

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“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.”

By using the same pixel density as the iPad mini 4 screen, Apple would be able to transition manufacturing much easier to the new device. Owners will get the resolution of the 12.9-inch iPad Pro in the form factor of the 9.7-inch iPad Pro, making it a super-compelling product for pros on the go.

The new iPads are expected to be revealed at a keynote in March. Other features could include 3D Touch, an A10x processor and better battery life.

  • SiriLover

    Just so long as they don’t give Siri new powers in any of these new iPad pros that I don’t have in my still new 9.7 inch iPad Pro I will be content not to buy a new one for a few years. I’m good with this screen display, don’t need 3 D touch, and battery life suffices for me. But I’d be very jealous of any new Siri capabilities that I couldn’t get when I just bought this new device less than a year ago.

    • Future Burrito

      That’s Apple’s MO.

      You must be new here.