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Widescreen iPad 4 release in the works says analyst

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Ahead of the iPad 4 release, new Apple rumours have suggested the company’s next-generation tablet will follow in the footsteps of the iPhone 5 and land with a 16:9 widescreen display.

Tipped as the first widescreen iPad, industry analysts have cited “people close to Apple” in claiming that a revised iPad 4 is currently in the works, with the 9.7-inch tablet reportedly set to come in for a dramatic redesign. With an iPad 4 release date expected to be held in March or April 2013, it has been suggested that in a bid to offer a more immersive viewing experience, a new widescreen aspect ratio could be handed to the market dominant tablet device.

Speaking with the Examiner on the as yet unconfirmed iPad 4, Los Angeles based industry analyst Paul Mueller has suggested the iPad 3 and follow-on and Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 rival will boast a “16:9 aspect ratio.”

He said: "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. They aren't talking about the upcoming iPad mini either.”

Whilst Mueller has suggested he will have more information on the eagerly awaited iPad 4 specs in “the next couple of weeks,” an unnamed Apple source added: "I haven't really heard much about the iPad 4, but it appears that Apple is no longer against widescreen devices.”

Hitting UK and US retailers late last week, the recent iPhone 5 release date saw Apple launch its first portable iDevice with a widescreen display, as the in-demand handset made the jump from its former 3.5-inch form factor, sporting a new 16:9, 1136 x640p, 4-inch Retina display.

iPad 4 Rumours

With the iPhone 5 now a thing of reality, the Apple rumour mill has already kicked into overdrive with a raft of rumours and claimed iPad 4 news currently doing the rounds. Whilst it is claimed that the iPad 4 will do away with its current 4:3 aspect ratio in favour of a longer, narrower 16:9 design, it is expected this is not the only change it will take from the recently released iPhone 5.

Set to be brought into line with Apple’s new connectivity standard, the iPad 4 is expected to do away with its longstanding 30-pin connector in favour of the iPhone 5 and 2012 iPod touch found Lightning port.

Elsewhere it is believed that the Google Nexus 7 competitor will run the recently launched iOS 6 mobile operating system, whilst the dual-core A6 processor found within the latest-generation iPhone has also been mooted for inclusion.

What would you like to see Apple incorporate within its next-generation iPad 4 tablet? Would a new 16:9 aspect ration feature near the top of your list? Let us know via the Trusted Reviews Twitter and Facebook feeds or through the comments boxes below.

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