As the stories of the iPhone 5 release become something of the past our attenting shifts to focus on a rumour that is getting a lot of attention.
The iPad Mini!
Apple announced the iPhone 5 on 12 September 2012 with a 4 inch screen that has an aspect ratio of 16:9. Apple has previously stated they they don't see the benifit of this aspect ratio but I believe they have given in on this one for the simple reason that every tv now days is 16:9.
Why is this significant?
If you use an iOS device to Airplay on a TV the TV displays black side bars because the iOS devices don't have a 16:9 aspect ratio until now.
With the iPhone 5 you will be able to Airplay and fill the whole TV screen. But the iPad still has the 4:3 aspect ratio.
Apple are very selective about what size screen is correct and also how important it is to be able to reach your thumb to every area of the screen. With the current iPad, the screen is a good size and you can reach every area with your thumb.
But to change this to a 16:9 aspect ratio Apple will have to make the device longer, like they did with the iPhone 5 but this creates a problem because you won't be able to reach every area of the screen.
What is the solution?
Don't make the screen longer, make it skinnier! By doing this Apple can create a screen that is 16:9 and is thumb friendly.
Here is a screen shot of the current iPad compared to iPad Mini with an aspect ratio of 16:9
This will make the iPad Mini screen 1,5 inch (4cm) smaller than the current iPad.